Brisbane and World War II

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 294 pages
Author: Ed. B. Shaw
Year: 2015
ISBN: 9781925236316
Other: b&w photos, bibliog, index
Publisher: Brisbane History Group

Produced by the Brisbane History Group, 'Brisbane and World War II' is a collection of papers, the majority of which were presented at the seminar 'Brisbane's Second World War' held on 27 August 2011.

For continuity and thematic reasons, the volume is divided into three section. The first focuses predominantly on the home front, the second on the front line activity, and the third on various ways in which the war is recorded and remembered.

The first section considers:

  • the heightened activities on the Brisbane River during World War II
  • the operation of the Advances Land Headquarters in and around the University of Queensland
  • the significance of indicator loop technology as a defensive strategy against submarines
  • the US construction of an ordnance storage facility on Mount Coot-tha
  • the upgrading and strategic importance of Fort Lytton
  • the military and civilian roles by women

Section two examines:

  • the exploits of the US submarines based in Brisbane
  • the valiant and dogged defence of Tobruk by the 2/15th Battalion during the Easter Battle in 1941
  • the trials, torments, and triumphs of the men of the 61st Battalion who finally halted the advance of the Japanese army at the Battle of Milne Bay
  • the achievements of Kenneth Fraser, who was responsible for effectively organising the treatment of casualties from the Middle East campaigns

 Finally, the third section relates:

  • the story of the creation of a war memorial for the 2/9th Battalion and its two dramatis personae, a Czech sculptor and his subject, an Aussie digger
  • the struggle to obtain heritage listing for Eagle Farm's Hangar 7, a significant Worl War II facility
  • the importance of researching the military archives of the US in order to gain a better understanding of Brisbane during World War II

Written by amateurs, professionals and academics, the book presents a fascinating insight into Brisbane's contribution during and after the tumultuous years if World War II.


Part 1. The Home Front
1. The Brisbane River in World War II (David Jones)
2. Advanced land headquarters at St Lucia during World War II (Marilyn England)
3. Moreton Bay anti-submarine harbour defences in World War II (Richard Walding)
4. Torpedo Hill - The US Navy at Mount Coot-tha (Jack Ford & Brian Rough)
5. The role of Fort Lytton during World War II (Brian Rough)
6. Women at war in Brisbane during World War II (Peter Dunn)

Part 2. The Front Line
7. Brisbane's submarine war (David Jones)
8. Hitler's first military defeat on land: A reassessment of the 2/15th Battalion's role (John Mackenzie-Smith)
9. 'A Cameron never yields': The 61st Battalion Queensland Cameron Highlanders (Janet Hogan)
10. Colonel Kenneth Fraser and the 2/2nd Australian General Hospital, Kantara (Jean Stewart)

Part 3. Remembering and Recording the Fronts
11. 2/9th Battalion AIF Memorial: The background story (Paul Sayer)
12. Saving Eagle Farm's Hangar 7 (Bob Livingstone)
13. Bring home the images (Roger Marks)


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