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AUD $

A LITERARY JOURNEY THROUGH WARTIME BRITAIN.  Cloth cover. (A. C. Ward. Illustrated by: Frederick T. Chapman)  2nd Printing, March 1944. 96pp.  This book provides the reader with tour by the author around Britain during World War II detailing the damage done by the bombs dropped in various towns and cities as well giving historical facts about the area. Illustrated. Good condition. Special. 

4.00

A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF AUSTRALIANS AT WAR.    H/C + Damaged D/W   (Robert Nelson, Frank Margan, Stuart Reid & David Evans) 1st Edition 1970. 323pp. This massive book contains a tremendous amount of information on the various wars in which Australia has taken part. It starts when the country's first official expeditionary force of 750 soldiers were bound to Sudan on the 3rd March 1885 right through to the Vietnam war in the 1960's. Good condition. Special. 

9.50

ALL MEN BACK - ALL ONE BIG MISTAKE.    S/C   (W.(Bill) A. Bee) 1998.  156pp. This is the story and experiences of the author as a sailor on HMAS Perth sunk by the Japanese, and then as a POW on the Burma Railway and in Japanese coal mines. The appendix lists the crew of the HMAS Perth and their fate. An insert map shows all Japanese POW campsites.  Illustrated. Mint condition.

20.00

ANZACS.    Paperback  (Godfrey McLeod)  1st Edition 1985. 218pp. This is the story Australians who went to war in 1914.  It was subsequently portrayed as a television series on Channel 9 starring Paul Hogan, Andrew Clarke and Jon Blake. Reasonably good condition. Special.

SOLD

AUSTRALIA GOES TO WAR: 1939 - 1945.   H/C + D/W   (John Robertson)   Reprint / Revised Edition 1984.  224pp.  This book is a concise account of Australia's contribution to the war effort. It includes an analysis of war policy, portraits of the men who directed Australia's role in the war, such as Curtin, Menzies, Blamey and MacArthur. The disastrous Malayan campaign and the threat of Japanese invasion in 1942 are covered in detail. This new edition incorporates the latest research and is illustrated with over 200 photographs from the Australian War Memorial, many published here for the first time.  Very good condition.

14.00

AUSTRALIA'S ARMED FORCES OF THE EIGHTIES.   H/C + D/W   (Edited by: Ross Gillett)   Revised & Enlarged Edition 1986. 158pp. This book documents the activities of the Navy, Army and Air Force  as well as providing much information on the types of naval craft, helicopters and aeroplanes used in combat. Illustrated profusely with magnificent photographs. Very good condition.

12.00

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN AT WAR.   H/C + D/W   (Patsy Adam-Smith)   1st Edition 1984.  386pp. This detailed volume provides the reader with a history of how women have responded to war, from 1900, when the first nurses sailed to the Boer war, to 1945 and during the war with the roles they played even "male dominated trade jobs" they stood in whilst there men-folk were away at war and its aftermath. It records the achievements of our women for all time and tells of bravery, self-sacrifice, endurance and devotion. It also examines the effects of a great upheaval on women's roles. Very good condition.

18.00

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN AT WAR.     H/C + D/W   (Patsy Adam-Smith)   1st Edition 1984.  386pp.   Ex lib.  Reading copy in reasonably good condition. Special.

6.00

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN AT WAR.     Paperback     (Patsy Adam-Smith)    Penguin Books  / 1996.. 302pp. Good condition.

7.50

BEHIND BAMBOO: An Inside Story of the Japanese Prison Camps.   H/C   (Rohan D. Rivett)    Reprint, May 1947. 400pp. A true and compelling account of what all of the Australian soldiers faced as a prisoner-of-war held by the Japanese in camps in various locations and on the Burma railway.   We salute these soldiers. Good condition.

15.00

BEHIND BAMBOO: An Inside Story of the Japanese Prison Camps.    H/C  (Rohan D. Rivett)  Reprint, 1950.  400pp.  Repaired.  "Reading copy". This copy is FREE with any other book purchase/s. 

FREE

BOMBER.    H/C   (Len Deighton)    World Books 1971.  429pp. This book describes the events relating to the last flight of an R.A.F. bomber over Germany on the night of June 31st, 1943. Even though there is no June 31st, the author has attempted to make the background of the book as real as possible but this work is of fiction. Special or FREE with any other purchase.

2.00

BORNEO SURGEON: A RELUCTANT HERO: The Life of Dr. James D. Taylor.    H/C   (Peter Firkins)   1995.   161pp.        Dr Taylor, a civilian tortured and imprisoned by the Japanese in Borneo, ran an underground organisation to help the POWs who later died in the Sandakan death march. Illustrated. Mint condition.

25.00

CAPTIVES: Australian Army Nurses in Japanese Prison Camps.  S/C (Catherine Kenny) 1st Edition, 1986. 173pp. A dramatic account of those Australian nurses who were held captive by the Japanese during World War II. Of the 32 held in Sumatra and on Banka Island, 24 survived the severe physical conditions in the prison camps. Another group captured in Rabaul were held in Japan, where the cold was as bitter as their hunger. The author interviewed many of the nurses and collected photographs, diaries and letters from the Australian War Memorial as well as from the women themselves. This book is hard to come by these days. Good condition but the cover is a little worn. Special. 

12.00

DEATH IN THE FOREST: Assault Troop 2.    H/C + D/W   (Ian Harding)   1st Edition 1983.   255pp. This title is the second of Ian Harding's books about the rebellious Captain Corrigan's tough Assault Troop. Special.

2.00

DARWIN DILEMMAS.   S/C   (Ron Brown & Pat Clift)   1992.   188pp.  Darwin life just before and during World War II. An important eye witness account. Illustrated. Mint condition.  

15.00

DIGGERS SONGS: Songs of the Australians in Eleven Wars.     H/C    (Warren Fahey)   1996.  234pp.  In this book the author has provided the definitive overview of the songs that the Australian "Digger" and his female counterpart sang in the 11 wars we have been involved in. From the "Maori Wars" to the "Gulf War", the songs are the real thing having come from the creative mind of the average Australians rather than being the work of some Tin-Pan Alley songwriters. The songs are often bawdy, heartfelt and chock full of the frustration and camaraderie that is war. Above all, these songs are a living tribute to the men and women who worked and fought for Australia and peace. There is no other book like this available on the market.  Ex lib. Very good condition. Special. 

12.00

GALLIPOLI.    Paperback    (Jack Bennett)    Arkon / 1981.   280pp. This is the story of two young sons of Western Australia who left their homes for a heady adventure of war and the dream of pushing the Turks from the Dardanelles back to Constantinople, who joined the heroic 10th Light Horse and participated in the tragic events that overtook that Brigade on the night of August 7, 1915. This book is based on the screenplay of the same name. Good condition. 

1.50

GHOSTS IN KHAKI.     H/C    (Les Cody)     1997.   388pp. The Unit History of the 2/4th Machine Gunners in  Western Australia,  Malaya,  Singapore,   Burma  Railway.  A classic of Australian military history. Illustrated. Mint condition. 

SOLD

HEROES HAVE WINGS.    S/C  (Peter Firkins)   1993.   226pp.  The stories of RAAF aces in the great air battles of WWII, most told for the first time.  The author is one of Australia’s best-known military historians.  Illustrated.  Mint condition.  

22.00

HEROES HAVE WINGS.    S/C  (Peter Firkins)   1993.   226pp.  New condition but with a faded cover. Special. 

15.00

HEY NURSE !    S/C   (Elizabeth I. Ellis)    1st Edition 1989.  231pp.  This book is a factual account of the life of the author and her nursing experiences prior to and during the Second World War in a country hospital. Signed by author. Good condition. 

5.00

I LOVED THOSE YANKS.    S/C    (M.C. Meadows)    No date (circa 1946 ?)   336pp.  An account of the American servicemen in Brisbane, Queensland during World War II. Scarce. Unfortunately this book is rather foxed and has a twisted spine. Special. 

SOLD

LIGHT HORSE: The Story of Australia's Mounted Troops.   H/C + Damaged D/W    (Elyne Mitchell)  1st Edition, 1978. 112pp.  This is a story unparalleled in the annals of warfare, a story as immortal as the sands over which they rode in Africa and the Middle East. Man and horse riding into battle, and the unique relationship which grew between them. Good condition. 

8.00

NASHO.   Paperback  (Michael Frazer)   Aries Imprint. 1st Edition 1984. 296pp.  This is the story of Peter Taylor a national Serviceman who had training at Puckapunyal. He keeps a diary of the mishaps and misdeeds of an Army which loathes its men. It is confiscated "in the best interests of the Australian Military Forces". His job was to be a journalist on the newspaper for the soldiers. Truth is the first casualty. Censorship is the first conscript. He is then sent to Vietnam. He makes this hell on earth look like a far-off footy match for the people back home. He uncovers the death of women and children. He keeps quiet. He does his duty.   This is his story !     Good condition.

2.00

NO PASSING GLORY:  The full and authentic Biography of Group Captain Leonard Cheshire.   H/C + Damaged D/W   (Andrew  Boyle)   2nd Edition, 1955. 384pp. This is the story of a 38 year old young man who has become a double-legend in half a lifetime and a extraordinary R.A.F. career which won him the V.C., a triple D.S.O. and the D.F.C. with Bomber Command during the Second World War.   Good condition but a little foxed.  Special. 

2.00

ONE MAN'S WAR.    S/C   (S. Arneil)    Reprint, 1982.  288pp  . The private diary of the author and the events of Changi and Singapore in WWII.   Very good condition. 

5.00

OUR WAR: Australia during World War I.    H/C + D/W   (Brian Lewis) 1st Edition 1980. 328pp. In this book we see the impact on one family, through the eyes of an 8 year old who grew up with with four brothers somewhere in France, and a map pinned to the breakfast-room wall. The author creates a brilliant kaleidoscope of the war years in Melbourne, using letters, songs and newspapers as well as his own vivid recollections. It is a portrait of a vanished way of life, as well as a record of a significant time in Australia's development. Good condition. 

5.00

OUT OF THE SHADOWS: The Story of the Second World War.   Card Covers with Damaged paper D/W.  (Everhard Anson)  1st Edition 1945. 134pp. This book seeks to give in straight-forward narrative the story of WW II including the incredible 10 year prelude which led to the worst war in history. Events in Europe are dealt with in as great a detail as the space permits as this was written prior to the end of the war.  Numerous photographs and a number of maps have been included.   Special. 

5.00

PROUD STORY: The Official History of the Australian Comforts Fund.  H/C + Damaged D/W  (C. O. Badham Jackson) 1st Edition 1949. 336pp. This book was compiled and printed after World War II and provides a full history of this organisation in which it dedicates to the citizens whose spontaneous patriotism, generosity and voluntary help enabled the Australian Comforts Fund to carry out successfully the important duty of providing comforts and amenities for the fit and well members of the Australian Navy, Army and Air Force in every theatre of war in which they served during this war from 1939 to 1945. It cover the activities of every State branch. It also provides a history of the work done in the British Isles, Middle East, the Pacific and more. very interesting Appendices which details the Distributions of comforts in way of quantity of various items  - (Example: 22,912,797 One penny packets of Chewing Gum), foodstuffs, furniture, clothing, games and sporting equipment. Most informative. (Includes The Steering Wheel and Society & Home,  (Warwick, Queensland)   magazine cuttings and original (Brisbane Telegraph) photograph. Scarce. Good condition.

18.00

PROUD STORY: The Official History of the Australian Comforts Fund.  H/C   (C. O. Badham Jackson) 1st Edition 1949. 336pp. Scarce. The pages are in very good condition but the cover is worn.  Special

5.00

REMINISCENCES OF AN AUSTRALIAN ARMY NURSE.    Paperback / Booklet    (Elizabeth McQuade White)   First published 1952. This copy reprinted 1992. 56pp. Although the author is an Australian, she spent over 20 years in South Africa and returned the Brisbane where she trained at the Brisbane General Hospital and after a number of years on the staff she joined the Northern Territory Medical Services and after 4 years was transferred to the position of matron of the First Army Hospital in the Northern Territory.  In this book she recalls the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese. Good condition. 

5.00

SAILOR & COMMANDO.   S/C   (A.E. Jones)   1998. 173pp. A R.A.N. Special Service Commando's WWII experiences in training and on service in the East Indies and Borneo. Mint condition. 

15.00

TARGET AREA.  H/C + D/W in plastic cover. (John Binning)  1st Edition 1943. 179pp. The author, a Lieutenant in the A.I.F. returned from campaigns in the Middle east, Crete and Libya, was transferred to Darwin, where he has remained for the last twelve months (prior to the printing of this book) recounts his experience and reactions and feelings of life in Darwin, the "Target Area" during the bombing of this city in World war II. His contact with the American soldiers gives us a clearer insight into the view of Americans as individuals, and there are numerous incidents typical of the philosophy of the Australian soldier.  Good condition. 

15.00

TARGET AREA.  H/C   (John Binning)  1st Edition 1943. 179pp.    A cheap "Reading copy".  Special.

5.00

THE ANZAC SQUADRON.  S/C   (N. Ashworth)  1994.  275pp.   A history of  No. 461 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force 1942 - 1945.  Includes details of the planes and men.   Mint condition. .     

28.00

THE ANZACS.  H/C + D/W   (Patsy Adam-Smith)   Reprint 1979.  372pp. This massive book tells the story of World War I in the words of the men who sailed away from Australia to the greatest holocaust the world has ever known. Their simple letters and diaries tell more vividly than any conventional history what life was like in that appalling pageant, the Great War. As they speak openly of their fears, anguish and uncertainties, the artlessness of these 8000 researched soldier diarists provided to the author transports us to that time and the thousands of miles to the stench and heat of Gallipoli and the mud, slime and brutality of the Western Front. Illustrated. Good condition. 

15.00

THE COAST WATCHERS.   Paperback   (Commander Eric A. Feldt, R.A.N.)  Ballantyne Books, 1959. 240pp. In 1942 and 1943 a handful of men risked torture and death to report on enemy movements in the Japanese-infested islands of the South Pacific. In the hills above Bougainville they watched the skies for bombers flying south to attack the airfields on Guadalcanal. Foxed pages. Reading copy.  Special. 4.00

THE KNIGHTS OF BUSHIDO. Paperback (Lord Russell of Liverpool) Corgi Edition 1960. 350pp. This volume contains a short history of Japanese war crimes. Foxed but FREE.

FREE

THE LAST BASTION.    H/C + D/W    (Kristin Williamson) 1st Edition 1984. 264pp. (This book is based on the television series written by David Williamson  and Denis Whitburn) This is a story of a major power struggle, with bitter conflict between Canberra, London and Washington. The most important figures are: Curtin, Menzies, Roosevelt, Churchill, MacArthur and Blamey - men whose characters were as diverse as the interests of the nations they represented. Drawing on both published and unpublished documents from Australian, British & U.S. sources, the author has imaginatively recreated the events of the three most crucial years in the history of Australia. Excellent condition. 

5.00

THE MAKING OF ANZACS. S/C - Large Format. (Compiled by: John Cribbin. Still photography by: Greg Noakes) 1st Edition 1985. 135pp. This book contains an account of the making of the television film ANZACS. An excellent companion to the paperback we have for sale on this page.  Very good condition. (If this book is purchased prior to the sale of the paperback ... the paperback will accompany this book for FREE.

SOLD

THE REMOTE GARRISON: The British Army in Australia 1788 -1870.    H/C + Damaged D/W  (Peter Stanley)  1st Edition 1986.  96pp. This book tells the story of British soldiers in Australia, from the arrival of the First Fleet to the departure of the last regiment in 1879.  Despite their part in the settlement of this country no general history of British soldiers in Australia has yet appeared. Perhaps 20,000 British soldiers served in the Australian colonies, guarding convicts, hunting bushrangers and fighting Aborigines. Several thousand men settled here after taking their discharge, and many thousands of Australians can trace their ancestry to members of regiments such as the Buffs, the King's Own, or the Royal Irish. This book deals with the soldiers' role  in the colony and contains an appendix on "Family history and the British army in Australia". Illustrated, and features 30 specially commissioned illustrations, 24 in colour.    Near mint condition except for one small tear at the top of the Dust Wrapper. 

30.00

THE ROMMEL PLOT.    Paperback. (John Tarrant) 1978. 250pp. This is a story of a last, desperate bid to save Hitler's general - and end World War II. Good condition. Special.

1.00

THE SHORT TIMERS.    Paperback   (Gustav Hasford)     Reprint / Bantam Books 1985.  180pp. This book, according to the Times Magazine is "The best work of fiction about the Vietnam war". Good condition.

1.00

THE VALIANT FEW: Crisis at the Alamo.    H/C + D/W  (Lon Tinkle)   1st Edition 1964.   90pp. This is a stirring account of the Texas war for independence from Mexico focuses on the fateful 13 day siege of the Alamo. Good condition. Special. 

2.00

THE VIETNAM WAR: Day by Day.    H/C + D/W   (General Editor: John S. Bowman)   1st Edition 1989.  224pp. This book is a detailed chronological account of this "Thirty Years War" of the 20th century. It traces the history of the war from its earliest 19th century origins to its gloomy aftermath in the 1980's. Carefully researched, minutely detailed, illustrated with hundreds of historical photographs, many in colour, and with maps by the celebrated military cartographer Richard Natkiel, this book is both a fascinating recapitulation of the war, exactly as the world experienced it, and an important work of reference. Very good condition. 

18.00

THE WAR DIARIES OF WEARY DUNLOP: Java and the Burma - Thailand Railway 1942 - 1945.   H/C + D/W (E. E. Dunlop)   Reprint 1986.  401pp. This commanding officer and a surgeon became a hero and a legend to thousands of Australian and allied prisoners whose lives were saved with meagre medical supplies and the instruments the medical officers carried on their backs. From February 1942, Edward Dunlop was in the following Japanese prison camps: Bandoeng, Tjimahi, Makasura, Changi, Konyu, Hintok, Tarsau, Chungkai and Nakom Patom. This massive book is in excellent condition. 

12.00

TOBRUK: 1941. Capture - Siege - Relief.    H/C   (Chester Wilmot)  1st Edition 1944.   348pp. This book provides the reader with an account of the Battle of Tobruk and the events that surrounded it. Illustrated with black and white photographs and maps. Worn cover but the pages are in good condition. Reading Copy. Special. 

SOLD

WARCO: Australian Reporters at War.    H/C + D/W in plastic cover. (Pat Burgess)  1st Edition 1986.  254pp. In this book the author, a distinguished War Correspondent, takes a look how Australian reporters came to their pre-eminence. He writes of their techniques and the frustrations they suffered in battle. The book provides much more than a history, it is a lively study of the personality, ingenuity and bravery of reporters, and the dilemmas they face working in the most testing and dangerous of conditions. Ex lib. Good condition. 

8.00

WARTIME RECOLLECTIONS.    S/C - Large Format    (Editor/Author: Matthew Byrnes. Australia Remembers 1945 - 1995 Moreton Commemorative Committee Official Publication. 1995. 85pp. This book looks at the impact of life during the Second World War. It is based on the electorate of Moreton and the surrounding southern suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland. Many servicemen relate to us the experiences they had during this time as well as relating the activities that took place in the suburbs within this electoral boundary. many photographs are published here. Good condition. Limited edition. Scarce. 

10.00

WINSTON S. CHURCHILL: The Second World War - Volume II - Their Finest Hour.   H/C    Australian Edition 1949. 684pp. This volume - Book 1, deals with the fall of France and Book 2 covers the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, U.S destroyers and involvement; and the tensions in Egypt, Middle east, Greece, Germany and Russia. Maps maps and diagrams are included. Ex lib. - reading copy in fair condition. FREE with any other book purchase in this category. 

FREE

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