The Strength of a Nation

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 552 pages
Author: M. McKernan
Year: 2008
ISBN: 9781741754452
Other: b&w photos, maps, index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

In the war 1939 to 1945 the Australian people displayed enormous strength of character at home and on the battlefields overseas in the most widespread and vicious conflict the world has ever seen.

Almost one million Australians out of a total population of just seven million people joined the armed forces in World War II. They made an enormous contribution to the allied war effort; they inflicted the first land defeat of the Japanese at Milne Bay in New Guinea during that war and played a crucial part in the Battle of El Alamein in North Africa, the first defeat on land of the Germans.

These victories in battle were only made possible by their support from home. Still recovering from the First World War and the Great Depression the Australian population rallied to make these achievements possible.

This is the story of Australia and Australians at war at home and abroad in the six years, 1939 to 1945.

1. Legacy
2. Australia is also at war
3 The air war
4. At home
5. Action stations
6. War in the desert
7. A forlorn hope
8. The victor trumper of Australian politics
9. The grey funnel line
10. Defending the Middle East to the last Australian standing
11. A new war
12. Singapore
13. Crisis
14. Their finest hour
15. To the stars
16. Desert foxes
17. All in
18. The merchant navy
19. Fighting on regardless
20. 'Too busy for bitterness'
21. 'Australia is there for political reasons'
22. 'A war casualty if ever there was oone'

'A terrific book... It is a story that subsequent generations should know, and this book is an excellent place for that journey of discovery and understanding to begin.' - Canberra Times

'Concisely and with verve, Michael McKernan covers a huge amount of ground.' - The Sydney Morning Herald

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