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  On the Warpath: An Anthology of Australian Military Travel
On the Warpath: An Anthology


 
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 370 pages
Author: R. Gerster & P. Pierce
Year: 2004
Other Data: glossary, bibliog
ISBN: 0522850871

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'Travel is a political as well as recreational action. And one of the main avenues of travel has been military, both in the excursionary exploits and warring armies and in the massed battalions of war tourists - that hybrid collection of pilgrims and patriots, voyeurs and vandals - who follow in their wake.'

This important anthology reveals the many ways in which going to war has formed a cutlural bridge between Australia and the world. From the Sudan in 1885 to Afghanistan in 2001, the connection of war to travel is illustrated in the observations of writers as varied as 'Banjo' Paterson, George Johnson, Nancy Wake, John Pilger, Lily Brett and Peter Weir.

Selecting writings from combatants abroad as well as reflections of sightseers who travel to foreign battlefields and war sites, Robin Gerster and Peter Pierce reveal how the experience of war has both broadened and refined (and sometimes distorted) Australian views of the world.

Their lively collection crosses the boundaries between literature, literary criticism, travel writing, war writing and cultural commentary.

Contents:
About the Editors
Editors' Note

1. Soldiers of Far Fortune: Colonial Wars
 - Introduction
 - Out in the Soudan (1885)
 - 'Those Sudan Days' (1947)
 - 'The Arrival of the New South Wales Troops in South Africa (1899)
 - 'The Boer War: A Perspective from the Glen Innes Examiner 1899-1902' (1999)
 - Australia at the Front: A Colonial View of the Boer War' (1901)
 - Tommy Cornstalk' (1902)
 - 'Experiences of a Victorian Nurse in South Africa' (1903)
 - 'Happy Dispatched' (1934)

2. Tour of a Lifetime: The First World War
 - Introduction
 - 'A Single FLame' (1939)
 - 'The Grey Battalion' (1933)
 - 'Over There with the Australians' (1918)
 - 'What the Know in Egypt: A Guide for Australian Soldiers' (1915)
 - By-Ways on Service: Notes from an Australian Journal' (1918)
 - 'A Bedouin Garden' (1923)
 - 'The Australian Imperial Force in Sinai and Palestine 1914-1918' (1923)
 - 'Tucker Sees India' (1937)
 - 'A Woman's Experiences in the Great War' (1915)
 - 'Flesh in Armour' (1932)
 - 'War Letters' (1934)
 - 'The Middle Parts of Fortune: Somme and Ancre 1916' (1929)
 - 'Hell's Bells and Mademoiselles' (1932)
 - 'Troopers to the Southern Cross' (1934)

3. Global Travail: The Second World War
 - Introduction
 - 'My Brother Jack' (1964)
 - 'We Were the Rats' (1944)
 - 'The Twenty Thousand Thieves' (1951)
 - 'Isle of Content' (1941)
 - 'Matilda Waltzes with the Tommies' (1943)
 - 'In the Arms of the Japanese' (1954)
 - 'Into the Smother' (1963)
 - 'New Guinea: The Twilight War' (1943)
 - 'Green Armour' (1945)
 - 'A Kind of Cattle' (1985)
 - 'The Autobiography of the Woman the Gestapo Called the White Mouse' (1985)
 - 'Tourist with Haiku' (1985)

4. Travelling North: Wars in Asia and the Pacific
 - Introduction
 - 'Korean Diary: A Journey to Japan and Korea in 1950' (1955)
 - 'The Tall Man' (1958)
 - 'Heroes' (1986)
 - 'When the Buffalo Fight' (1980)
 - 'House of Love: Life in a Vietnamese Hospital' (1966)
 - 'In Good Company: One Man's War in Vietnam' (1987)
 - 'The Odd Angry Shot' (1975)
 - 'A Holiday at the War' (1991)
 - 'A Dirty Little War' (2001)
 - 'Our Woman in Kabul' (2003)  

5. The War Path: Ways of the Battlefield Tourism
 - Introduction
 - 'Crosses of Sacrifice' (1932)
 - 'Gallipoli Pilgrimage - 1965' (1991)
 - 'Gallipoli - The Idea' (1981)
 - 'Beaucoup Australians Ici' (2003)
 - 'No Moon Tonight' (1956)
 - 'Travelling in Memories' (1983)
 - 'Tarakan: An Australian Tragedy' (1997)
 - 'Too Many Men' (1999)
 - 'Legless in Ginza' (1999)
 - 'Again Korea' (1968)
 - 'Ceremony at Lang Nho' (1994)
 - 'Not Going to Vietnam: Journeys Through Two Wars' (1999)
 - 'Open for Business' (2002)

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