With ANZAC day approaching, we have put together a list of military titles that will help with your research, or fill in the gap in the history surrounding them. These specials are available until 30 April 2013.
That Elusive Digger: Tracing Your Australian Military Ancestors - N. Smith - SPECIAL $13.50 NEW
In recent years there has been a marked increase in the amount of official and individual attention given to Australia's rich military past. There are many reasons for this: the electronic media; more easily accessible records, an endless procession of military personalities or milestones under examination and the patriotic commemoration of more and more major conflicts and battles. A thirst for a greater knowledge of Austrakia's military history and especially those involved is nowhere more marked than among the nation's genealogists.
Previously there was no concise but comprehensive guide to help the family historian embark on the search for Australian military ancestors, much less one which also gives simple overviews of Australia's military history. This small book sets out to rememdy these failings.
Herein are provided handy summaries of Australia's military history both in peace and war; a glimpse of where to looks and what to look for, all leavened with brief forays into how to understand and so get the most from military records. For those seeking to search out their Australian military ancestors, there is no better place to start.
an outline of the achievements of the Australian Corps of Signals over the years from the campaigns in the Middle East to the present day of the victories in New Guinea. It pays tribute to the arm of the service which is on duty every hour of the day providing and maintaining vital communication channels for the passing of Signals traffic to the far-flung headquarters and units of the Australian Military Forces.
It covers events during the five years since the outbreak of World War I – in the Middle East, Malaya and the South West Pacific. The range of material covered can be judged from the titles of just some of the articles – AIF’s early days, Australia’s first corps signals, Seventh in Syria, Signals in Malaya, Desert campaigns of the Ninth, Wireless war in Tobruch, AA Signals in the Middle East, “B” Corps Signals in New Guinea, Defence of Milne Bay, Sixth in the jungle, Advance in the Huon Peninsula, Torres Strait Force Signals and Signals in Darwin. It also includes a Roll of Honour.
World War I
AIF Unit Histories of the Great War 1914-1918 - R. Austin - SPECIAL $8.00
The recent upsurge in Australia's military history has seen the online availability of many military records on the Australian War Memorial website and also the availability of a soldier's Personal Service Record on the National Archives site.
However, many people have difficulty in wading through military jargon and need a more readable source of what their relatives battalion or unit was doing during the Great War of 1914-1918. This is where the unit histories become a most valuable resource tool. A point-by-point check list of 'The Ideal Unit History' which may be useful to genealogists and others has therefore been included.
Also included are publication details of the many published histories of battalions, light horse regiments and other units of the 1st Australian Imperial Force which served with distinction in theatres such as Gallipoli, France, Belgium, Egypt and Palestine.
All-Australia Memorial: Victoria - DATA CD - 1 CD (583 pages) - SPECIAL $29.50
During and following the 1914-18 war a number of editions of All-Australia
Memorial were published for three states - New South Wales, South Australia
and Victoria. As far as can be ascertained the Victorian edition was published
in 1917, and New South Wales and South Australian editions in 1919 and 1920,
with multiple variants for these states. To complicate things further some
additional Victorian biographies and photos were included in some later editions
principally publishing biographies from NSW and SA.
This Victorian edition is a wonderful record, with a detail historical
outline of the war from an Australian perspective, plus an extensive reference
section and hundreds of biographies. All complemented by thousands of photos,
many of Victorians who served.
After the introductory pages this volume is arranged in 4 parts as follows:
PART I - EXPLOITS OF THE ANZACS (historical account) PART II - ANZAC HONOURED DEAD PART III - AUSTRALIA'S FIGHTING FAMILIES PART IV - REGIMENTAL REGISTER
Anzac Book 1916 - DATA CD - 1 CD (197 pages) - SPECIAL $14.50
"This book of Anzac was produced in the lines at Anzac on Gallipoli in the
closing weeks of 1915. Practically every word in it was written and every line
drawn beneath the shelter of a waterproof sheet or of a roof of sandbags -
either in the trenches or, at most, well within the range of the oldest Turkish
rifle... Between November 15th and December 8th when the time for the sending in
of contributions closed, The Anzac Book was produced..." - The Anzac Book
'The Anzac Book' contains a range of interesting information written by
different members of the Army, such as: the Landing at Gallipoli, Glimpses of
Anzac, Army Biscuits and the Book of Anzac Chronicles. Illustrations and
photographs of different aspects and experiences of the war and the battle at
Gallipoli are also included.
Anzac Memorial - DATA CD - 1 CD (659 pages) - SPECIAL $19.50
The 'Anzac Memorial' is a phenomenal compilation, specifically being a memorial to those who died in the First World War. The Preface states that this book 'is published for the benefit of the New South Wales branch of the Returned Sailor's and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia, whose object is not only to safeguard the material interests of all returned men and the dependents of the fallen, but to keep alive and to perpetuate that magnificent spirit which was conceived on the outbreak of war ...'
This third edition of the book was published as the 'Peace Edition' just after the war ended in 1919. The main part, which takes up nearly half of the book, is a listing of Officers and Men A.I.F who Died on Service. This section lists thousands of names of those who died doing their duty, listed alphabetically by surname, it also gives their Number, Name and Rank, Unit, Cause of Death and Date of Death.
Other features of the book include the diary entries of a soldier which is definitely stirring reading. The diary starts off on 6 August 1914 when the soldier was called up for service, and continues through till 4 May 1915 when he gets home to Sydney ... The rest of the book consists of poems, stories and memoirs, all contributed by men who were fighting for their country, and in some cases, their lives. Included are over 150 illustrations (photographs, maps and sketches), many of which are photographs of Rolls of Honour boards which companies created as a remembrance to their employees who never made it home.
This is a great resource and a fascinating read for all war historians, and those with ancestors who fought in the Great War.
Aussie: The Australian Soldiers' Magazine - DATA CD - 1 CD (287 pages) - SPECIAL $14.50
'Aussie' was a popular Australian soldiers magazine during and after World War 1. The magazine had its origins in 1914 under a different name and was transformed into 'Aussie' in 1918. This compilation covers monthly issues from No 1 in January 1918 to No. 13 in April 1919.
The magazine was created for the soldiers and was largely written by the soldiers. Its object was to be "bright, cheerful and interesting, to reflect that happy spirit and good humour so strongly evident throughout the Aussie Army"
Each issue consists of approximately 16 pages. And includes many humourous and personal stories, poems, songs, tips and sketches which reflect the life of 'the Australian soldier' in a unique and fascinating way.
Australian Soldiers' Pocket Book 9th edition - DATA CD - 1 CD (124 pages) - SPECIAL $12.50
The 'Australian Soldier’s Pocket Book' was published in 1943 during the
Second World War. This small pocket-sized book could be carried everywhere and
provided Australian soldiers with a wide range of useful information about the
requirements of war service and many other important details such as:
The Laws and Customs of War - including Geneva Convention guidelines,
notes on spies and insignia of rank
Things a Soldier should Know - including over 60 points
Signaling - including flags, morse code, shipboard bell times and time
Decorations Awarded to Australians in the Great War
Arabic and Japanese words
First Aid for gas injuries etc
Australian Historical Events, facts and figures etc
Conduct Overseas - including expectations of behaviour when representing
From the Australian Front 1917 - DATA CD - 1 CD (127 pages) - SPECIAL $9.50
'From the Australian Front' was published in 1917 when the ANZAC’s were
approaching their fourth Christmas at war. This book, which is full of
photographs and illustrations was published to:
‘...convey to those whom we left behind in Australia, and who we know are
thinking of us, some idea of our surroundings on the battle fronts of the Aust
ralians, and which carries with it our whole-hearted hopes and good wishes for
those at home...’ - General Birdwood, 1917
This publication includes over 120 pages of photographs and illustrations
which depict the range of experiences of the Australian and New Zealand Army
Corp in France. These include photographs of the soldiers on the battle fronts, in the
different seasons experienced, and in villages and towns such as Flanders and
“The sole purpose of this narrative is to record the work of the Australian
Light Horse in the British campaigns in Sinai, Palestine, and Syria during the
years 1916, 1917 and 1918... The story, therefore, in its bolder features
covers the whole British force. But, as will be apparent, it covers in detail
only the fighting and the campaign life of the Australians...” - H.S.G., Melbourne, 1st November, 1922
Separated into 45 chapters, this book follows the work of the Australian
Light Horse in the Middle East, after the battles in Gallipoli.
With a chronology, many photographs, detailed maps and sketches this truly records the work of the Australian Light Horse. In almost 1000 pages, this is an amazing record of the Australian men and the battles they fought in WWI.
Tasmania's War Record 1914-1918 - DATA CD - 1 CD (412 pages) - SPECIAL $17.50
The Preface to this comprehensive record of Tasmanians in the First World War states that it 'aims at giving to the people of this generation and of generations yet to come an idea of what Tasmanian soldiers did and endured and of the less glorious but very useful work done by thousands of men and women who remained at home ....'
Family and local historians with Tasmanian interests are the "generations yet to come" who will find this an immensely useful record - not only for the names and details given, but for the historical accounts of the various units and fields of service.
Uncensored Dardanelles - DATA CD - 1 CD - SPECIAL $17.50
'Uncensored Dardanelles' is a collection of memoirs written by Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett
during the First World War, and published in 1928.
Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett was one of the first British War correspondents
allowed to accompany an expedition to the frontline. On 1 April 1915 he was with
the troops who were about to land at Gallipoli. Ashmead-Bartlett became famous
for his reporting of the First World War in this area.
This book contains the full account of what Ashmead-Bartlett experienced in
the Dardanelles, some of which was previously censored or remained unpublished
until now. It includes chapters on the landing at Anzac and Cape Helles, the
fight for Achi Baba, the Suvla Bay offensive, the last dying efforts, and 'an
uncensored letter and my dismissal' ... and much more.
A captivating personal account giving a wonderful perspective on the war in
Where the Australians Rest - DATA CD - 1 CD (73 pages) - SPECIAL $9.50
Published in 1920, 'Where the Australians Rest' describes many of
the cemeteries overseas in which Australians were laid to rest – 37
illustrations accompany the text.
It includes descriptions for:
Cemeteries in France
and Belgium (Anzac Cemetery, Rue Petillon Cemetery, Armentieres: Bonjean
Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Bailleul, Hill 60, Wytschaete – Messines, Polygon Wood,
Passchendaele, Mont Kemmel, Ypres, Boulogne, Etaples, Le Havre, Rouen,
Bullecourt, Pozieres, Peronne - Mont St. Quentin, Proyart, and Villers –
Cemeteries in England (Harefield, Brookwood, and Lark Hill)
Sinai and Palestine
World War II
Darwin's Submarine I-124 - T. Lewis - SPECIAL $29.50 While stocks last
The first attacks on Australia by the Japanese were made by four submarines of the Sixth Submarine Squadron of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Together, these 80-man boats laid mines, and then waited in their killing zones for targets to torpedo.
On 20 January 1942, it all went horribly wrong. Sunk with all hands, the submarine I-124 remains outside Darwin today, testimony to bravery but also to folly.
Avonmore Books’ new edition of a 1990s work features new and improved graphics; a host of photographs, and the complete story of the submarine action, and events through the decades beyond – for the sunken vessel did not lie easy. Code seekers; treasure hunters; and potential salvors eventually led to the formation of the Historic Shipwrecks Act.
Raids on Australia: 1942 and Japan's Plans for Australia - P. Oliver - SPECIAL $34.50 While stocks last
In 1942 many Australians believed the invasion of Australia was imminent, and only the heroism of the Australian soldiers at Milne Bay and Kokoda saved the nation from Japanese occupation.
We now know that Japan had decided not to invade long before the raids on Darwin and Sydney and the struggle for New Guinea.
This book explains the reasons Japan had for making no attempt at invasion, and what its intentions were for Australia, should New Guinea be occupied.
"The rapid tempo of war had led to an increasing speed in the development
of equipment. It is probably true that such developments moved at a more rapid
rate during the recent war than ever before in the annals of history. In no arm or service of the fighting forces has this development been
greater than in the Engineers." - General Sir Thomas A. Blamey
This publication describes the work and achievements of the Royal Australian
Engineers throughout the duration of the Second World War. It includes a list of
Engineers involved in campaigns during the war, a list of those who were
presented with decorations and awards, and a memoriam list of those who lost
A particular feature of this book are the range of photographs taken in the
Middle East, and the sketches and paintings by Sgt. J.A. Salt which document
the work the Royal Australian Engineers were involved in, in Borneo and
Australia during the War.
Khaki and Green - DATA CD - 1 CD (201 pages) - SPECIAL $9.50
Khaki and Green was entirely written by serving members of the Australian Army – acknowledged only by their service number. Apart from more general stories, this book includes "reports of the two major campaigns fought by Australian troops in the span of time covered by "Khaki and Green"- the battle for Papua and the closing stages of the fighting at El Alamein".
The stories are divided into two sections:
Middle East – 21 stories including Alamein Christmas Shops, Ninth Australian Division in the Breakthrough at Alamein, and Epitaph
South-West Pacific – 49 stories including Aircraft Identification, Incident in Darwin, Timor Souvenir, Campaign in Papua, Rendezvous at Nassau Bay, Kokoda Trail, and Brigadier and Batman
An epilogue may be written in the words spoken by General Sir Harold Alexander, C.-in-C. Middle East, when on the 22nd of December he reviewed a divisional parade at Gaza in Palestine: "The battle of El Alamein will make history and you are in the proud position of having taken a major part in that great victory".
As with other books in the series there is an excellent selection of colour and black and white photographs and sketches highlighting people and places. It is a valuable resource and a great read for all interested in naval history.
Ike's Marines: 36th Australian Infantry Battalion 1939-1945 - S. Brigg & L. Brigg - SPECIAL $29.50 While stocks last
This reprint of the 1967 unit history of the 36th Australian Infantry Battalion again makes available the proud story of this unit. They played a part in the Kokoda campaign before being airlifted to Sanananda where they fought in the savage battles of Northern Papua and in the process lost many good men.
As the war progressed they were sent to New Britain and spent many arduous months in that campaign, until the war ended and the occupation of Rabaul followed. The book now contains a post-war epilogue and an index.
History of the 10th Battalion AIF - DATA CD - 1 CD (112 pages) - SPECIAL $9.50
Written by Arthur Limb in 1919, this book gives a brief history of the 10th Battalion of the AIF – 'South Australia’s quota to the Australian Expeditionary Force'.
The Battalion was raised in August 1914 and on 20 October it embarked on s.s. Ascanius – to its unknown but much conjectured destination. The history is not detailed but gives an overview of the main events during 1914 to 1918 – in the Suez, at Mena, Gallipoli, Pozières, Gueudencourt, Bullecourt, Polygon Wood, Ypres, Passchendaele Ridge, and many other places.
'On Saturday night, 22nd July, the battalion left Sausage Valley and proceeded via Black Watch Alley to support the 9th battalion in the attack on Pozières.
On the morning of the 23rd, the 9th battalion met strong opposition. "A" Company, under Captain McCann, was sent to their assistance; their advance also was held by machine-gun fire, and Captain McCann wounded. A barricade was erected. "D" Company, under Major Giles, was then despatched to the help of "A."
The book includes numerous black and white illustrations, maps (Somme, Gallipoli, and Belgium), a Roll of Honour and a list of those who received Honours and Awards.
Story of a Battalion: 48th Battalion of the AIF - DATA CD - 1 CD (224 pages) - SPECIAL $12.50
Written by William Devine in 1919, this book describes the history of the 48th Battalion of the AIF from 16 March 1916 when they were raised in Egypt.
In twenty-two chapters, he covers the formation of the battalion, the march to Serapeum, training for France, their time in France – La Somme and Pozières Ridge – in Flanders, Bullecourt, Passchendaele Ridge, Meteren to the Amiens Road, the defence of Amiens, Monument Wood, the Battalion’s last engagement and the days of the Armistice. In two appendixes the dead of the battalion are listed along with those who received honours and awards.
'From Flesselles to Franvillers, then on to Dernancourt, then to Fricourt, stopping but a night at each village, so that five days after their sports meeting at Flesselles they were again in the front line trenches at Gueudecourt. Here all the hard conditions of their first winter term in the trenches were again encountered, but encountered with even more efficiency and success. Ways and means of communicating with the front line were perhaps more difficult than before, the shortest route over which ammunition and rations had to be man-handled involving a distance of two miles ...'
There are a number of black and white illustrations and four maps. This CD contains high quality scanned images of the original book, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.
Written in narrative form, the information was derived from a wide range of
records which were used to create an historically accurate account of the
experiences of The New Zealand Division. These records include war diaries from
units within the Division, operation orders and summaries, as well as personal
diaries, private letters, and despatches to name a few.
Divided into 17 chapters, the book documents the different battles and
movements of The New Zealand Division, such as the Battle of Stomme in 1916 and
the Battle of Messines. Illustrations are included throughout the book,
providing a wider glimpse of the experiences encountered by the Division.
Under Furred Hats: 6th Australian Light Horse Regiment - DATA CD - 1 CD (270 pages) - SPECIAL $14.50
Written by George Lawrence Berrie in 1919, the book gives a brief description of the overseas service of the 6th Light Horse Regiment between December 1914 and August 1919.
The history covers the Birth and Training of the Sixth in September 1914 in New South Wales, their time at Gallipoli, the Days of Romani, Amman and Es Salt, the Jordan Valley, and the Last Lap. As well as a number of black and white illustrations there is a list of those receiving decorations and of casualties.
Decorations Awarded the Regiment
Lieut. C. R. Capel, Sergt. D. Baird, Sergt. H. Thompson, Sergt. R. J. Foster, Tpr. W. Bassett, Sergt. W. Potter, Sergt. T.Sheridan, Sergt. S. G. McNair, Cpl. D. Smith, Sergt. McNamee, Cpl. Hindmarsh, L.-Cpl. F. Arnott, Sergt.-Major W. Kilpatrick
Whale Oil Guards: The 53rd Battalion AIF - DATA CD - 1 CD (159 pages) - SPECIAL $9.50
Written in 1918 by John Joseph Kennedy, the padre of the 53rd Battalion of the AIF – nicknamed in January 1917, The Whale Oil Guards.
It is the story of the 53rd Battalion, the Green and Blacks, and of Major Oswald Croshaw. Kennedy describes their exploits at Alexandria, Fromelles, The Somme, Bullecourt, Ypres, Polygon Wood, Amiens and many other towns.
The Nineteenth of July, 1916! The date will be written in letters of blood in the annals of our battalion. Fromelles! In years to come those who will carry on the glorious traditions of the Green and Blacks will salute the name and be inspired by the memory of our heroes who died in that battle.
The book includes a list of those members who were awarded decorations as well as names of those mentioned for "gallant services rendered".
With the Fortieth - DATA CD - 1 CD (107 pages) - SPECIAL $9.50
Published 'in memory of Lieutenant Norman R.J. Meagher, killed in action in the Great War 4th October 1917', this book tells the story this mans experience in the War.
Norman entered training to serve in the 40th Battalion in October 1915, which sailed from Tasmania for war on the 2nd July 1916. The book is largely a compilation of letters written by Norman Meagher to his parents and friends in Tasmania. They include stories of what was happening in the war, descriptions of events and places he saw, memories and thoughts and beliefs he held.
Written by a brave, thoughtful and intelligent young man, these letters give a sobering first-hand insight into the events of the First World War.