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Australia's Military History for Dummies

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 488 pages
Author: D. Horner
Year: 2010
Other Data: b&w & colour photos, maps, index
ISBN: 9781742169835

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Product Code: WIL005
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More people are visiting Gallipoli and walking the Kokoda Trail each year - now find out why. This complete guide helps you trace the story of Australia's involvement in war, from the colonial conflicts with the Indigenous population, through the World Wars to peacekeeping initiatives in East Timor and the controversial conflict in Afghanistan.

  • Find out the origins of Australia's military history - go all the way back to the arrival of the First Fleet and the conflicts with the Indigenous peoples
  • Learn about the heroism of the Anzacs - discover the origins of the legend of Gallipoli, and how the brass bungled the campaign
  • Discover the horrors of war - consider the suffering and huge losses on the Western Front
  • Recognise the successful battles of World Wars I and II - follow the Diggers' exploits in Palestine and Syria, and at Tobruk and Alamein
  • Marvel at the grim jungle battles - track the Diggers through New Guinea, Borneo, Malaya and Vietnam between 1942 and 1972
  • Admire Australia's efforts to repel possible invaders - learn how Australians defended their country against the Japanese during World War II
  • See how the Cold War heated up - witness the fight against communism in the Korean and Vietnam Wars
  • Appreciate the modern-day Australian Defence Force - acknowledge the courage of the men and women who protect us into the 21st century

Open the book and find:

  • New insights into the meaning of Anzac Day
  • Simple explanations of the structure of Australia's military
  • Details of who fought whom, where, when and why
  • Stories of Australia's great military fighters and leaders
  • Accounts of the iconic battles that established Australia's reputation
  • Locations of Australia's peacekeeping operations around the world
  • Ways in which war and conflict have shaped the nation
  • Reasons why Australia goes to war

Learn to:

  • Comprehend the impact of war on Australia
  • Appreciate the heroism at Anzac Cove and other significant battlefields
  • Understand the controversies of recent conflicts, including in Vietnam and Iraq

Part 1. The Essentials of Australian Military History
1. Exploring Why Australia Goes to War
2. Coming to Grips with the Military
Part 2. The Wars of Colonial Australia
3. Colonial Conflicts
4. Battling the Boers 1899-1902
Part 3. The First World War: Australia's Greatest Tragedy
5. Australia Goes to War 1914
6. Creating the Anzac Legend at Gallipoli 1915
7. Enduring the Horrors of the Western Front 1916-17
8. Riding to Victory in Palestine 1916-18
9. Hammering the Huns 1918
Part 4. The Second World War: The Empire Beckons
10. Winning the First Battles 1940-41
11. New Theatres, New Allies and New Enemies 1941
12. Defeating the Afrika Corp 1941-42
13. Our Airmen in Europe 1939-45
Part 5. Our War in the Pacific
14. The Japanese are Coming! 1941-42
15. New Guinea Battles - A Jungle Hell 1942-44
16. Fighting to the Finish 1944-45
17. The Civilian Side of the War
Part 6. The Aussies do their bit in the Cold War
18. Taking up Arms for the United Nations in Korea 1950-53
19. Backing the Brits in Malaya and Borneo 1950-66
20. Fighting Alongside the Yanks in Vietnam 1962-72
Part 7. On Overseas Service
21. Peacekeeping Near and Far 1947-2010
22. Flying the Flag in Iraq and Afghanistan 1990-2010
Part 8. The Part of Tens
23. Ten Top Australian Military Leaders
24. Ten Famous Australian Battles
25. Ten Myths of Australian Military History

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