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An Australian band of brothers : Don Company, Second 43rd Battalion, 9th division : Tobruk, Alamein, New Guinea, Borneo
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- Mark Johnston
- Australia
- NewSouth Publishing, Sydney NSW
- 9781742235721
- 2018
- xiv, 434 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits, maps, facsimile ; 24 cm
- DU - Oceania (South Seas)
- 625 gms.
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This book follows a small group of Australian front-line soldiers from their enlistment in the dark days of 1940 to the end of World War II. No ordinary soldiers, they were members of Don Company of the Second 43rd Battalion, part of the famous 9th Australian Division, which - during campaigns in Tobruk, El Alamein, New Guinea, and Borneo - sustained more casualties and won more medals than any other Australian division. It is an evocative and detailed account of the day-to-day war of three infantry soldiers whose experiences included night patrols at Tobruk, advancing steadily through German barrages at Alamein, charging enemy machine guns in New Guinea, and repelling Japanese charges on Borneo. Using the frank and detailed personal letters, diaries, and memoirs of three Australian soldiers, he brings to life their campaigns, battles, and interactions with their comrades and enemies. His book is a unique and powerful account of the everyday experiences of a small unit of Australian soldiers on the front line. Combe, Gordon D. (Gordon Desmond), 1917-2002 | Jones, Allan, 1918-2001 | Lovegrove, John, 1918-1999 | Australia. Army. Battalion, 2/43rd. | Australia. Army. Division, 9th. | World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- Australia. | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Australian. | Veterans -- Australia -- Biography. | Tobruk, Battles of, Tobruk, Libya, 1941-1942. | El Alamein, Battle of, Egypt, 1942. | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Africa, North. | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Borneo. | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Papua New Guinea. | World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Australian. | Military history. | Biography, Literature & Literary studies. | Australian

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