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Men of the Ninth: A History of the Ninth Australian Field Ambulance 1916-1994

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 224 pages
Author: R. Likeman
Year: 2003
ISBN: 9780957975224
Other: b&w photos, maps, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Slouch Hat Publications

The prime role of a Field Ambulance officer is the evacuation of casualties from the battlefield, a task often undertaken by stretcher bearers and drivers while under heavy enemy fire. The constant thread of bravery and self sacrifice, in both world wars, and particularly during the period as POWs of the Japanese, recurs throughout the book.

This absorbing account of the work of the 9th Field Ambulance over a 78 year period from its inception in 1916, through to its disbandment in 1994.

Covers the 9th Field Ambulance (AIF) at the following:
 - 1916-1919 France and Belgium
 - 1921-1938 Australia
 - 1939-1945 Australia and New Zealand
 - 1940-1945 (as 2/9th Field Amb) Australia, Malaya and Singapore
 - 1952-1994 Australia

A comprehensive history, this book is illustrated with many photos and maps, thus bringing to life, some of the personalities who served with courage and skill in the unit.

1. Do Your Job
 - The raising of the unit in Sydney in 1916
 - transport to England
 - training at Larkhill
 - and final arrival in France in December 1916
2. Danger, Death, and Live Ammunition
 - The unit in action in support of the Third Division at the Battle of Messines and the Third Battles of Ypres in 1917
3. Triumph and Disaster
 - The German offensive in March 1918
 - the defence of Villers-Bretonneaux
 - the breaking of the Hindenburg Line
 - the end of the war
4. Between the Wars
 - The unit as a Citizen Force
 - and later a Militia unit based at Victoria Barracks, Sydney, from 1921-1939
5. Reluctant Heroes
 - The unit is mobilised and expanded with Universal Trainees
 - after various false starts, it arrives in New Guinea in June 1943
6. Reggie's Rabbits and Bretherton's Bunnies
 - The unit is deployed and Corps troops and Wau
 - and in the campaigns in the Markham and Ramu Valleys
7. The Wrilight of the Gods
 - The unit is withdraws to Lae in September 1944, and returns to Australia
 - the members are dispersed to other medical units
8. The Show Goes On
 - The 2/9th Field Ambulance is raised in Melbourne in 1940
 - the unit fights with the 8th Division until the Fall of Singapore
9. By the Waters of Babylon
 - The unit members become POWs
 - they continue with medical work in the hospital at Roberts Barracks, and later Selarang
10. Slaves for Japan
 - Members of the unit are assigned to work parties
 - sent to Thailand to work on the railway, to Sandakan in Borneo and elsewhere
11. The Curtain Falls
 - The completion of the railway
 - the Sandakan Death Marches
 - imprisonment in Changi Gaol
 - Liberation and Repatriation
12. A Poenix Arises
 - The unit is re-raised in 1952 as a CMF unit in Townsville
 - this period covers the Vietnam war
 - and the end of conscription
13. The Age of Aquarius
 - The history of the unit from 1977 until major changed in the Australian Army led to the disbandment of Field Ambulances
Appendix 1: Roll of Honour
Appendix 2: Honours and Awards
Appendix 3: Nominal Roll of 9 Field Ambulance AIF 1916-1919
Appendix 4: Nominal Roll of 9 Field Ambulance AIF 1940-1944
Appendix 5: Nominal Roll of 2/9 Field Ambulance AIF 1940-1945
Appendix 6: Nominal Roll of 9 Field Ambulance 1993
Appendix 7: Commanding Officers of 9 Field Ambulance 1916-1994


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