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Recent Library Acquisitions

Acquisitions January to June 2017    Acquisitions July to December 2016

  Acquisitions January to June 2017  

The following recently-published books have been added to the collection since 1 January 2017. They will be on display in the Library for two months, during which time Institute members may reserve them for borrowing once they come off display. While there is a waiting list, books may be borrowed for 14 days. Once there is no longer a waiting list for them, books may be borrowed for up to 28 days.

Alford, Bob (2017). Darwin 1942: the Japanese attack on Australia (Osprey Publishing: Oxford) 96 pp., Call No: 588.14 ALFO 2017.

On 19 February, just eleven weeks after the attacks on Pearl Harbour and two weeks after the fall of Singapore, the same Japanese battle group that had attacked Hawaii was ordered to attack the ill-prepared and under-defended Australian port of Darwin. Publishing 75 years after this little-known yet devastating attack, this fully illustrated study details what happened on that dramatic day in 1942 with the help of contemporary photographs, maps, and profiles of the commanders and machines involved in the assault.

Bou, Jean, editor (2016). The AIF in battle: how the Australian Imperial Force Fought 1914-1918 (Melbourne University Press: South Carlton, VIC) 328 pp., Call No. 570.14 BOU 2016

By the end of the First World War the combat formations of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in both France and the Middle East were considered among the British Empire's most effective troops. How the force came to be so was not due to any inherent national prowess or trait. Instead it was the culmination of years of training, organisational change, battlefield experimentation and hard-won experience. This book brings together some of Australia's foremost military historians to outline how the military neophytes that left Australia in 1914 became the battle winning troops of 1918.

Braithwaite, Richard Wallace (2016). Fighting monsters: an intimate history of the Sandakan tragedy (Australian Scholarly Publishing: North Melbourne) 530 pp., Call No: 588.14 BRAI 2016.

Only six escapees survived the Sandakan death marches of 1945 in North Borneo – 1787 Australian and 641 British POWs perished. Previous descriptions of the numerus violent acts have yielded little understanding of a situation where the real struggle was to keep one’s humanity. Braithwaite recounts the four stages of the Sandakan tragedy: active resistance in 1942-3; suborn endurance in 1943-4; the collapse of civilised existence in 1945; and, finally, the postwar decades of torment for the six damaged survivors, and the commemoration of the tragedy by the families and communities involved.

Cameron, David W. (2016). The battle of Long Tan: Australia’s four hours of hell in Vietnam (Penguin Random House: Australia) 392 pp., Call No: 547 CAME 2016.

Marking the battle’s 50th anniversary and drawing on unpublished first-hand accounts, David Cameron brings life to the events of this famous battle as it unfolded and reveals deeds of heroism and mateship.

Collie, Craig (2017). Code breakers: inside the shadow world of signals intelligence in Australia’s two Bletchley Parks (Allen & Unwin: Sydney) 389 pp., Call No: 411.7 COLL 2017.

At the height of World War II in the Pacific, two secret organisations existed in Australia to break Japan’s military codes. They were peopled by brilliant and idiosyncratic cryptographers who patiently unravelled the codes in Japanese signals, ultimately playing a crucial role in the battles of Midway and the Coral Sea, as well as in Macarthur’s push into the Philippines. The book recounts the personalities and rivalries between the Melbourne group and the group at Macarthur’s Brisbane headquarters.

Curran, James (2016). Fighting with America: why saying no to the US wouldn’t rupture the alliance (Penguin Random House: Sydney) 154 pp., Call No: 408 CURR 2016.

In Fighting with America, historian James Curran argues that the current intensity in Canberra's relations with Washington has led Americans and Australians to forget past disagreements between the two nations. As the alliance becomes more focused on Asia, Australian and American interests will sometimes coincide – other times they may clash.

Dapin, Mark (2017). Jewish Anzacs: Jews in the Australian military (NewSouth Publishing: Sydney) 435 pp., Call No: 501.1 DAPI 2017.

A landmark history of Australian Jews in the military, from the First Fleet to the recent war in Afghanistan. Over 7000 Jews have fought in Australia’s military conflicts, including more than 330 who gave their lives. Mark Dapin reveals the personal, often extraordinary, stories of many Jewish servicemen and women: from air aces to POWs, from nurses to generals, from generation to generation. Weaving together official records and interviews, private letters, diaries and papers, Dapin explores the diverse lives of his subjects and reflects on their valour, patriotism, mateship, faith and sacrifice

Dean, Peter J. (2011). The architect of victory: the military career of Lieutenant General Frank Horton Berryman (Cambridge University Press: Port Melbourne, VIC) 395 pp., Call No: 501.2 DEAN 2011.

Lieutenant-General Sir Frank Berryman is one of the most important, yet relatively unknown, officers in the history of the Australian Army. Peter Dean charts Berryman's special relationships with senior United States and Australian officers and explains why the man poised to become the next Chief of General Staff would never fulfil his ambition.

Dean, Peter J., editor (2016). Australia 1944-45: victory in the Pacific (Cambridge University Press: Port Melbourne, VIC) 359 pp., Call No.: 588.14 DEAN 2016.

The years 1944 and 1945 were pivotal in the development of Australia's approach to strategy during the Second World War and beyond. While the main battlefront of the Pacific War had moved further north, Australian air, land and sea forces continued to make a significant contribution to the Allied campaign and towards achieving Australia's strategic interests and objectives. Australia 1944–45 examines this complex and fascinating period, which has been largely under-represented in Australian military history.

Douhet, Giulio (2009). The command of the air (University of Alabama Press: Tuscaloosa, AL) 394 pp., Call No: 960 DOUH 2009.

This edition includes English translations of the four books published by Douhet on the strategic employment of air power: The command of the air (1921); The probable aspects of the war of the future (1928); Recapitulation (1929); and The war of 19-- (1930). Douhet’s seminal work, The command of the Air, was the first detailed analysis of the offensive and defensive employment of air power. Douhet’s theories influenced the employment of air power by both sides in World War II and in later conflicts.

Echevarria II, Antulio, J. (2017). Military strategy: a very short introduction (Oxford University Press; Oxford) 131 pp., Call No: 820 ECHE 2017.

This book provides a systematic, succinct and incisive guide to the main themes of military strategy – annihilation, attrition, deterrence, terrorism, decapitation, cyber power; and to what causes military strategies to succeed or fail.

Finlayson, Damien (2017). The lightning keepers: the AIF’s Alphabet Company in the Great War (Big Sky Publishing: Newport, NSW) 329 pp., Call No: 570.14 FINL 2017.

Few soldiers on the Western Front had heard of the Australian Electrical and Mechanical Mining Company – nicknamed ‘Alphabet Company’. Yet many knew of the work of this tiny unit which numbered fewer than 300 at full strength. Despite its small size, the Alphabet Company’s influence was enormous and spanned the entire British sector from the North Sea to the Somme, operating pumps, generators, ventilation fans, drilling equipment and other ingenious devices in extreme circumstances. This is the story of Alphabet Company, its men and its equipment, told for the first time.

Frame, Tom, and Palazzo, Albert, editors (2016). On ops: lessons and challenges for the Australian Army since East Timor (UNSW Press: Sydney) 324 pp., Call No: 503.2 FRAM 2016.

This is a collection of essays which look at the lessons and challenges that have arisen for the Australian Army since 1999 when its peacekeeping taskforce was deployed to East Timor. It is a constructive critique of the modern Army.

To reserve any of these books, email .

For further information, phone (02) 9393 2325 on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 1100 – 1600 hours.

David Leece
Library Manager
14 June 2017

  Acquisitions July to December 2016

The following books were added to the collection July to December 2016.

Anderson, Nicholas (2014). To Kokoda. Australian Army Campaign Series – 14 (Army History Unit: Canberra) 236 pp. Call No: 588.14 ANDE 2014

This book describes the Japanese attempt to capture Port Moresby in 1942 via the treacherous Kokoda Trail over the Owen Stanley Range and the bloody and protracted struggle which followed leading ultimately to Australian militia battalions and AIF brigades driving the Japanese off the Owen Stanleys and out of Papua.

Blaxland, John (2015). The protest years. The official history of ASIO Volume II, 1963 – 1975 (Allen & Unwin: Sydney). 565 pp. Call No: 411.7 BLAX 2015

This book tells the inside story of Australia’s domestic intelligence organisation from the last of the Menzies years to the dismissal of the Whitlam government. It examines the role of the CIA in the fall of the Whitlam government; the background to the raid by Attorney-General Lionel Murphy on ASO’s Melbourne headquarters; efforts to counter Soviet espionage; and sensitive intelligence activities in South Vietnam.

Blaxland, John and Crawley, Rhys (2016). The secret cold war. The official history of ASIO Volume III, 1975 – 1989 (Allen & Unwin: Sydney) 522 pp. Call No: 411.7 BLAX 2016

The Cold War went underground in 1975 until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. This book details the extent of clandestine operation in Australia by foreign intelligence operatives and the violence-prone activities of local extremist groups from the Middle East, Armenia and Croatia in the 1970s and 1980s. Meanwhile, ASIO was being transformed into a modern intelligence organisation.

Bomford, Michelle (2012). The battle of Mont St Quentin-Péronne 1918. Australian Army Campaign Series 11 (Army History Unit: Canberra) 169 pp. Call No: 570.14 BOMF 2012

This book charts an extraordinary journey from the trenches facing Mont St Quentin on 31 August 1918 through the frenetic phases of the battle until the final objectives are taken on 5 September. This is the story of the capture of the ‘unattackable’ Mont and the ‘invincible’ fortress town of Péronne, two of the great feats of Australian forces in the First World War. It includes an overview of infantry firepower, tactics, training and discipline and demonstrates that there was more to the Australian soldier than daring and dash. Likewise, the Australians’ German opponent was determined and tenacious.

Carlton, Mike (2016). Flagship: The cruiser HMAS Australia II and the Pacific War on Japan (Random House: North Sydney) 642 pp. Call No: 740 CARL 2016

In 1928 the RAN acquired a new ship, the fast, heavy cruiser HMAS Australia II. She finally saw action when World War II began, patrolling the North Atlantic on the lookout for German battleships. By March 1942 Australia had returned home. Only weeks later Australia fought in the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first sea battle to stop the Japanese advance in the Pacific. She was heavily attacked and bombed from the air but, with brilliant ship-handling, escaped unscathed. In 1944, she took part in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which returned the American General Douglas MacArthur to the Philippines. She was struck by a kamikaze bomber, killing her captain and 28 other men. The next year, she was hit by no fewer than four kamikaze planes on four successive days. She retired gracefully, laden with battle honours, and was scrapped in 1956.

Carlton, Mike (2014). First victory 1914: HMAS Sydney’s hunt for the German raider Emden (William Heinemann: North Sydney) 467 pp. Call No: 718 CARL 2014

In the opening months of World War I, a German raider, Emden, wreaked havoc on the maritime trade of the British Empire. Its battle against the Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney, when it finally came, was short and bloody – an emphatic victory at sea for the fledgling Royal Australian Navy. This is a stirring story of the perilous opening months of the Great War and the deadly sea battle that destroyed the Emden in a triumph for Australia that resounded around the world.

Coombes, David (2016). A great sum of sorrow: the battles of Bullecourt (Big Sky Publishing: Newport, NSW) 427 pp. Call No: 572 COOM 2016

In April-May 2017 the hamlet of Bullecourt in northern France became the focus of two battles involving Australian and British troops. The first battle marked the Australians’ introduction to the tank. It failed dismally amid enormous casualties. Despite this, two infantry brigades from the 4th Australian Division captured parts of the formidable Hindenburg Line with minimal artillery and tank support, repulsing German counter-attacks until forced to withdraw. In the second battle, launched with a preliminary artillery barrage, more Australian divisions were forced into the Bullecourt ‘meat-grinder’ and casualties soured to over 7000. Again Australian soldiers fought hard to capture parts of the enemy line and hold them against savage counter-attacks. While Bullecourt had no strategic value, Field Marshal Haig considered its capture ‘among the great achievements of the war’.

Evans, Bryn (2016). Air battle for Burma: allied Pilots’ fight for supremacy (Pen & Sword: Barnsley, UK) 251 pp. Call No: 950 EVAN 2016

Using first-hand accounts, Evans reveals the decisive nature of Allied air power in inflicting the first major defeat on the Japanese army in World War II. Newly equipped Spitfire squadrons made the crucial difference at the turning point battles of the Admin Box, Imphal and Kohima in 1944. The book covers both the strategic and tactical levels.

Faulkner, Andrew (2016). Stone cold: the extraordinary true story of Len Opie – Australia’s deadliest soldier (Allen & Unwin: Sydney) 318 pp. Call No: 501.2 FAUL 2016

Stone Cold is the extraordinary story of one of Australia's most fearless fighters. It takes us into the jungles of New Guinea and Borneo and some of the fiercest battles of World War II. It goes to the cold heart of Korea, where Len emerged from the ranks to excel in the epic Battle of Kapyong and play a key role at the Battle of Maryang San. And it drops us into the centre of the American counterinsurgency war in Vietnam with Len's involvement in the CIA's shadowy black ops programme Phoenix. Action-packed and surprising, Stone Cold gives rich life to a warrior soldier and one of Australia's greatest diggers.

Gascoine, Keith, editor (2016). Peaks and troughs: reflections 50 years on from the naval college (self-published: Tallebudgera, QLD) 376 pp. Call No: 750 GASC 2016

2016 was the 50th anniversary of the graduation from the Royal Australian Naval College of a select group of young men from diverse backgrounds and with different motivations. These are their stories: the personal accounts of what happened to them before, during and after the navy.

Horner, David (2014). The Spy Catchers: The official history of ASIO 1949 – 1963 Volume 1 (Allen & Unwin: Sydney) 710 pp. Call No: 411.7 HORN 2014

This is the story of Australia’s domestic intelligence organisation, from shaky beginnings to the expulsion of Ivan Skripov in 1963. ASIO’s mission was to catch spies. In the late 1940s, the top secret Venona programme revealed a Soviet spy ring in Australia, supported by leading Australian communists. Horner outlines the tactics used in counter-espionage. He sheds new light on the Petrov Affair and overturns many myths about ASIO.

James, Karl (2016). Double diamonds: Australian commandos in the Pacific war (NewSouth Publishing: Sydney) 231 pp. Call No: 588.14 JAME 2016

In the mountains and jungles of Timor, Bougainville and New Guinea during the Second World War elite Australian forces fought arduous campaigns against the Japanese. The story of these independent companies and commando squadrons, whose soldiers wore the distinctive double-diamond insignia, is told here fpr the first time.

Lee, Roger (2010). The battle of Fromelles 1916. Australian Army Campaign Series – 8 (Army History Unit: Canberra) 206 pp. Call No. 570.14 LEER 2010

The Battle of Fromelles remains the single bloodiest day in terms of numbers of soldiers killed, wounded or missing, in Australia’s military history. The battle for Fromelles was undoubtedly a tragedy. Should anyone be blamed? Does finger pointing from the safety of 95 years’ distance add much to our understanding of the battle, the Western Front, or the war itself? This book attempts to look at the battle, free from emotion, and place the course of events and the unfurling of the tragedy into its tactical, operational and strategic setting.

Likeman, Robert (2010). Gallipoli doctors. The Australian Doctors at War Series Volume 1 (Slouch Hat Publications: McCrae, VIC) 223 pp. Call No: 575.14 LIKE 2010

This book includes mini-biographies of some 300 doctors who served on Gallipoli in World War I. It also includes mini biographies of Australian doctors who served as combatants in the AIF and in British units.

Likeman, Robert (2012). From the tropics to the desert: German New Guinea, Egypt & Palestine. The Australian Doctors at War Series Volume 2 (Slouch Hat Publications: McCrae, VIC) 223 pp. Call No: 570.14 LIKE 2012

This book includes mini-biographies of some 450 doctors who served in New Guinea, Egypt and/or Palestine in World War I. There are also introductory essays about the campaigns in which Australians served.

Likeman, Robert (2014). Australian doctors on the Western Front: France and Belgium 1916 – 1918. The Australian Doctors at War Series Volume 3 (Slouch Hat Publications: McCrae, VIC) 496 pp. Call No: 572 LIKE 2014

This book covers the carnage on the Western Front from 1916 – 1918. It includes mini-biographies of >700 doctors who served on the Western Front and in the training establishments and hospitals in the UK. There are also introductory essays about the campaigns in which Australians served.

O'Neill, Robert (1985). Australia in the Korean War 1950-1953, Volume 2 Combat operations 1st Edition (Australian War Memorial and Australian Government Publishing Service: Canberra) Call No: 545 ONEI 1985

This is the official history of Australia in the Korean War. This copy, recently acquired second-hand, replaces the Library’s copy which was borrowed and never returned.

Reynolds, Henry (2016). Unnecessary wars (NewSouth publishing: Sydney) 266 pp. Call No: 554.2 REYN 2016

"Australian governments find it easy to go to war. Their leaders seem to be able to withdraw with a calm conscience, answerable neither to God nor humanity." Australia lost 600 men in the Boer War, a three-year conflict in Africa that had, ostensibly, nothing to do with Australia. Coinciding with Federation, the war kick-started Australia's commitment to fighting in Britain’s wars overseas, and forged a national identity around it. By 1902, when the Boer War ended, a mythology about our colonial soldiers had already been crafted, and a dangerous precedent established. Henry Reynolds shows how the Boer War left a dark and dangerous legacy, demonstrating how those beliefs have propelled us into too many unnecessary wars – without ever counting the cost.

Singer, P. W., and Cole, August (2015). Ghost fleet: a novel of the next world war (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: Boston) 404 pp. Call No: 590 SING 2015

What will the next global conflict look like? Find out in this ripping, near-futuristic thriller. The United States, China, and Russia eye each other across a 21st century version of the Cold War, which suddenly heats up at sea, on land, in the air, in outer space, and in cyberspace. The fighting involves everything from stealthy robotic–drone strikes to old warships from the navy’s ‘ghost fleet’. Fighter pilots unleash a Pearl Harbour–style attack; American veterans become low-tech insurgents; teenage hackers battle in digital playgrounds; Silicon Valley billionaires mobilize for cyber-war; and a serial killer carries out her own vendetta. Ultimately, victory will depend on blending the lessons of the past with the weapons of the future. Ghost Fleet is a page-turning speculative thriller in the spirit of The Hunt for Red October. The debut novel, by two leading experts on the cutting edge of national security, is unique in that every trend and technology featured in the novel — no matter how sci-fi it may seem — is real, or could be soon.

Singer, P. W., and Friedman, Allan (2014). Cybersecurity and cyberwar: what everyone needs to know (Oxford University Press: Oxford) 320 pp. Call No: 830.6 SING 2014

In Cybersecurity and CyberWar: What Everyone Needs to Know, New York Times best-selling author P. W. Singer and noted cyber expert Allan Friedman team up to provide the kind of easy-to-read, yet deeply informative resource book that has been missing on this crucial issue of 21st century life. Written in a lively, accessible style, filled with engaging stories and illustrative anecdotes, the book is structured around the key question areas of cyberspace and its security: how it all works, why it all matters, and what can we do? Along the way, they take readers on a tour of the important (and entertaining) issues and characters of cybersecurity, from the “Anonymous” hacker group and the Stuxnet computer virus to the new cyber units of the Chinese and U.S. militaries. Cybersecurity and CyberWar: What Everyone Needs to Know is the definitive account on the subject for us all.

Tyquin, Michael (2014). Greece, February to April 1941. Australian Army Campaign Series – 13 (Army History Unit: Canberra) 157 pp. Call No: 587 TYQU 2014

This book describes the Greek campaign of 1941, which was from start to finish a withdrawal. Operations in Greece proved to be a nightmare, particularly for logistics units. It draws out lessons for the contemporary student of strategy, tactics and history.

Tyquin, Michael (2014). Sudan 1885. Australian Army Campaign Series – 15 (Army History Unit: Canberra) 159 pp. Call No: 551.2TYQU 2014

This book provides the context for Australia’s involvement in the Sudan in 1885, and describes the 5-month campaign by the New South Wales contingent. It was Australia’s first military engagement abroad and set the precedent for Australia’s later involvement in the second Anglo-Boer War (1899 – 1902) and the Boxer Rebellion (1900).

Wakeling, Adam (2016). The last fifty miles: Australia and the end of the Great War (Random House: Melbourne) 316 pp. Call No: 572 WAKE 2016

March, 1918: The young Australian nation is struggling to cope with the Great War, now in its fifth year – the strain of maintaining huge armies halfway across the globe, the bitter divisions over conscription, anxiety from the rise of Communism in Russia, and the creeping influence of the War Precautions Act. And, above all, the country-wide grief over the death of its men on a scale never before seen or even imagined. The five Australian divisions have recently been combined into an all-Australian Corps, fighting as one unit in France. They need a commander and Major-General John Monash is a leading candidate, but rose through the ranks as a part-time militia officer rather than as a professional soldier, and is of German-Jewish background at a time when xenophobia is at its height. Before the issue can be settled, German supreme commander Erich Ludendorff resolves to launch a massive offensive, seize Paris and win the War. This book is the riveting account of how, when it mattered most, Australia stood up to play a critical role in one of the most decisive victories of World War One. Told with immediacy, lyricism and a clear-eyed focus, it relives an extraordinary, neglected chapter of Australian history.

Walsh, Doug (2016). The black ANZACs: the AIF’s first trench raid on the Western Front (self-published: Nedlands, WA) 270 pp. 572 WALS 2016

This book describes the background to the first trench raid conducted by the AIF on the Western Front on 5-6 June 1916. It describes the raid near la Chapelle d’Armentières and its aftermath and includes mini biographies of the 73 raid participants.

Wood, Herbert F. (1966). Strange battleground: official history of the Canadian Army in Korea (Queen’s Printer: Ottawa). Call No. 545 WOOD 1966

Lieutenant Colonel Wood describes the Canadian operations in Korea and their effect on Canada's defence policy. He also provides the context in which the operations were fought, including the actions of adjacent Australian units. Colonel John Hutcheson recommends the book which has been obtained second-hand.

To reserve any of these books, email .

For further information, phone (02) 9393 2325 on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday between 1100 – 1600 hours.

David Leece
Library Manager
19 December 2016


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