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Recent Library Acquisitions

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  Acquisitions September to December 2017  

The following 18 recently-published books have been added to the collection since 1 October 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.

Browning, Neville (2017). The green and white diamond: 20th Battalion AIF 1915-1919 (self-published: Huntingdale, WA) 556 pp., Call No: 570.14 BROW 2017.

This is a newly-published unit history. The 20th Battalion served in Egypt and Gallipoli in 1915, and then in France and Flanders from 1916 to 1918, as an infantry battalion of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Division, Australian Imperial Force. Notable battles included Gallipoli, Somme, Pozières, Zillebeke, Bapaume, Lagnicourt, Bullecourt, Ypres, Bois de Hangard, Amiens, Mont St. Quentin.

Bryant, Shane, with Park, Tony (2010). War dogs: an Australian and his dog go to war in Afghanistan (Pan Macmillan Australia: Sydney) 256 pp., Call No: 543.4 BRYA 2010.

In Afghanistan, highly-trained dogs and their handlers search for improvised explosive devices or hidden weapons out on patrol with combat troops. It is a perilous job – they are a high-priority target for Taliban insurgents. Bryant, a former Australian Army dog handler, tells here of four years as a civilian contractor dog handler with elite American special forces. He commuted to and from the war zone, spending months on operations, while also trying to keep alive relationships with family and loved ones at home.

Deayton, Craig (2017). At any price: the Anzacs in the Battle of Messines 1917 (Big Sky Publishing: Newport, NSW) 335 pp., Call No: 572 DEAY 2017.

This is a history of the Battle of Messines in June 1917, the essential prelude to the Third Battle of Ypres in Belgian Flanders. It focuses on the contribution of the New Zealand Division and the Australians, in particular the 3rd Division and the tunnellers. It also sets their contribution within the broader tactical and strategic context.

Fermour, Patrick Leigh (2014). Abducting a general: the Kreipe Operation and SOE in Crete (John Murray: London) 206 pp., Call No: 587 FERM 2014.

This book is Leigh Fermour's account of Operation Kreipe in which he kidnapped the German commander in Crete, General Kreipe, on 26 April 1944. The plan was hatched to kidnap the general while ensuring that no reprisals were taken against the Cretans. Dressed as German military police, Fermour and Billy Moss stopped and took control of Kreipe's car, drove it through 22 German check points, then hid from the German army, before finally being picked up from a beach to the south of the island and transported to safety in Egypt on 14 May.

Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of (2017). 2017 foreign policy white paper (Commonwealth of Australia: Canberra). 122 pp., Call No: 472 DFAT 2017.

The white paper shows that Australia is focused on our region, determined to realise a secure, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific. It is grounded in our national foundations of freedom, equality, the rule of law and mutual respect. More than ever, Australia must be sovereign, not reliant. We must take responsibility for our own security and prosperity, while recognising we are stronger when sharing the burden with trusted partners and friends.

Jordan, Lucas (2017). Stealth raiders: a few daring men in 1918 (Vintage Books: North Sydney, NSW) 303 pp., Call No: 572 JORD 2017.

In 1918, a few daring low-ranking Australian infantrymen, alone among the armies of the Western Front, initiated stealth raids without orders. These stealth raiders killed Germans, captured prisoners and advanced the line, sometimes by thousands of metres. They were held in high regard by other men of the lower ranks and were feared by the Germans facing them.

Mackenzie, Lieutenant-Colonel K. W. (2010). The story of the Seventeenth Battalion A.I.F. in the Great War 1914-1918 (The Naval and Military Press Ltd: East Sussex) 376 pp., Call No 570.14 MACK 2010.

This is a facsimile reprinting of the original unit history published in 1946. The 17th Battalion served in Egypt and Gallipoli in 1915, and then in France and Flanders from 1916 to 1918, as an infantry battalion of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Division, Australian Imperial Force. Notable battle and theatre honours included Gallipoli 1915 (Hill 60, Quinn's Post), Somme 1914-1918, Pozières, Bapaume 1917, Bullecourt, Ypres 1917, Menin Road, Broodseinde, Morlancourt, Amiens, Mont St. Quentin, Hindenburg Line, Beaurevoir.

Masters, Chris (2017). No front line: Australia’s special forces at war in Afghanistan (Allen & Unwin: Sydney) 594 pp., Call No: 543.4 Mast 2017.

The soldiers of the SAS, the Commandos and Special Engineer Regiment, are Australia’s most highly trained. Their work is often secret, their bravery undeniable and, for 13 years, they were at the forefront of Australia's longest war. Masters' investigation took 10 years and has produced one of Australia's finest books on contemporary soldiering.

McFadden, Meredith D. (2017). Dear everybody – letters from a Bomber Command pilot (Aubrey Warsash Publishing: South Croydon, Surrey, UK) 234 pp., Call No: 950.14 MCFA 2017.

Bill McFadden enlisted in the RAAF in 1940 and, in six years away, wrote copious letters to his family in Queensland. They were kept. Selected letters are transcribed and edited herein by his daughter. They reveal what he did, where he went and how he felt about the circumstances in which he found himself in World War II.

McGrath, Kim (2017). Crossing the line: Australia’s secret history in the Timor Sea (Redback Quarterly: Carlton, VIC) 216 pp., Call No: 456 MCGR 2017.

For 50 years, Australia has schemed to deny East Timor billions of dollars of oil and gas wealth. McGrath tells the story of Australia’s secret agenda in the Timor Sea, exposing the ruthlessness of successive governments. Even today, Australia claims resources that, by international law, should belong to East Timor.

Muir, Sir William (1902). Records of the Intelligence Department of the Government of the North-West Provinces of India during the mutiny of 1857 Vol. II (T. & T. Clark: Edinburgh) 398 pp., Call No: 543.2 MUIR 1902.

This volume includes the Ninth to Thirteenth Series of rough notes of intelligence (deposition from spies, etc.,); correspondence with Delhi, etc.; letters from Mr Muir to various high officials; memoranda of intelligence circulated for general information at Agra; and letters written during the mutiny to and from Agra, etc.

O’Connor, Damian P. (2011). Between peace and war: British defence and the Royal United Services Institute, 1831-2010 (Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies: London) 334 pp., Call No: 404 OCON 2011.

For 180 years, the Roya United Services Institute has been at the heart of British thinking on defence and security. It was founded after an 1829 call for a scientific and professional approach to the study of military affairs. The book surveys a period of British and international history through the lens of an institution that reflected and shaped the unfolding British approach to a changing, and often dangerous, world.

Perry, Roland (2017). Monash and Chauvel: how Australia’s two greatest generals changed the course of world history (Allen & Unwin: Crows Nest, NSW) 567 pp., Call No: 570.02 PERR 2017.

This biography of Generals John Monash and Harry Chauvel tells the story of these brilliant Australian soldiers, who commanded the two most effective armies in defeating, respectively, the Germans on the Western Front and the Turks in the Middle East in the Great War. Monash and Chauvel planned thoroughly and acted in the best interests of the soldiers under their command. Their capacities and attitude presented a winning formula for their armies and ensured that they never lost a battle they planned and executed.

Shaw, Ian W. (2017). The rag tag fleet: the unknown story of the Australian men and boats that helped win the war in the Pacific (Hachette Australia: Sydney) 310 pp., Call No: 740 SHAW 2017.

The unknown story of how a fleet of Australian fishing boats, trawlers and schooners supplied US and Australian forces in the Pacific and helped turn the course of World war II. The focus of this book is on the final months of 1942 when the fleet of small ships supported the US and Australian troops that defeated the entrenched Japanese forces at Buna on the Papua coast and so helped turn the war on the Allies' favour.

Spurling, Kathryn (2017). Abandoned and sacrificed: the tragedy of the Montevideo Maru (New Holland: London) 304 pp., Call No: 588.14 SPUR 2017

This is the story of Australia’s worst maritime disaster. In 1942, over 1000 prisoners and internees perished as the Japanese-requisitioned Montevideo Maru was sunk by a lone American submarine. Spurling tells how the victims – nuns, priests, soldiers and civilians, many barely adults – came to perish and reveals why the Australian government continued to cover-up the details long after the war's end.

Stevenson, Angus, and Waite, Maurice (2011). Concise Oxford English Dictionary, 12th Edition (Oxford University Press: Oxford) 1682 pp., Call No: 042 OXFO 2011.

This is the centenary edition of this word-famous dictionary. It presents the most accurate and up-to-date picture of the English language. It is the dictionary used by the Institute’s quarterly professional journal, United Service.

Tyquin, Michael (2017). Training for war: the history of Headquarters 1st Division 1914 – 2014 (Big Sky Publishing: Sydney) 254 pp., Call No: 503.2 TYQU 2017.

This book encapsulates 100 years of the history of Headquarters 1st Division and the Deployable Joint Force Headquarters. During that time, the headquarters has commanded subordinate formations and units; soldiers; and assets. They all have a place in the story as do many distinguished Australians who have had a close association with the division, either commanding it or holding senior positions there. To provide context, reference also is made to wider events in the Australian political and Defence environment.

Walker, Frank (2017). Traitors: how Australia and its allies betrayed our Anzacs and let Nazi and Japanese war criminals go free (Hachette Australia: Sydney) 320 pp., Call No: 581 WALK 2017.

This book outlines the treachery of the British, American and Australian governments, who turned a blind eye to those who experimented on Australian prisoners of war; how Nazis hired by ASIO were encouraged to settle in Australia; and how the Catholic Church, CIA, and MI6 helped the worst Nazi war criminal escape justice. Betrayals included allied corporations trading with the enemy; and Nazi and Japanese scientists being enticed to work for Australia, the US and the UK.

To reserve any of these books, email:

For further information, phone (02) 9393 2325 on a Monday or Wednesday between 1000 – 1600 hours.

David Leece
Library Manager
5 December 2017

  Acquisitions July to September 2017

The following 27 recently-published books have been added to the collection since 1 July 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.

Baldino, Daniel, and Brennan, Mike (editors) (2016). 1915: Australians at war and on the home front (Big Sky Publishing: Newport, NSW) 96 pp., Call No: 570.14 BALD 2016.

This book contains the proceedings of military and political history conference conducted by the Royal United Services Institute of Western Australia and staff of Notre Dame University to commemorate the centenary of Gallipoli. The eight papers presented went well beyond the events on the Gallipoli peninsula and covered problems on war, strategy, national identity, politics and the ANZAC story.

Barrett, Vice Admiral Tim (2017). The navy and the nation: Australia’s maritime power in the 21st century (Melbourne University Press: Melbourne) 89 pp., Call No: 702 BARR 2017.

The Royal Australian Navy is at a watershed moment in its history. It is being re-equipped with offshore patrol boats, a new class of frigate, a modern and extended submarine force, and an air-warfare destroyer. The current Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, says the Navy must prepare for the future by re-imagining the way the Navy views itself, especially its domestic and international relationships. He addresses naval power, maritime power and strategic reach, the strategic context, and alliances and coalitions; then goes on to look at the Navy as a system and a national enterprise; before looking at the place of the Navy in the community and the nation.

Blutstein, Harry (2017). Cold war games: spies, subterfuge and secret operations at the 1956 Olympic Games (Echo/Bonnier Publishing: Richmond, VIC) 348 pp., Call No: 411.7 BLUT 2017.

The 1956 Olympic Games became known as the ‘friendly games’, but East-West rivalry ensured that they were anything but friendly. This book shows vividly how USSR and US exploited the Melbourne Olympics for propaganda, turning athletic fields, swimming pools and other sporting venues into battlefields in which each fought for supremacy. It contains fresh information from ASIO files and newly-discovered documents from archives in the USSR, US and Hungary revealing secret operations in Melbourne.

Cameron, David W. (2017). The charge: the Australian Light Horse victory at Beersheba (Viking/ Penguin Random House: Docklands, VIC) 339 pp., Call No: 576 CAME 2017.

At dusk on 31 October 1917, the Australian Light Horse Brigade charged through the Turkish defences to seize the strategic town of Beersheba and so turn the left flank of the Ottomans’ Gaza–Beersheba defensive line which blocked the British advance from the Sinai into southern Palestine. Cameron describes, in Part 1, the background campaign in the Sinai, including Romani and Magdhaba; and, in Part 2, the first and second battles of Gaza; before, in Part 3, describing in detail the Beersheba action, a key element of the third battle of Gaza, which breeched the Gaza–Beersheba line and opened the road to Jerusalem.

Clark, Christopher (2013). The sleepwalkers: how Europe went to war in 1914 (Penguin: London) 697 pp., Call No: 571.1 CLAR 2013.

Clark describes the politico-social and diplomatic context and events from the late 19th century which led up to the Great War. His account vividly reconstructs key decision points while deftly sketching the context driving them. Easily the best book ever written on the subject, it combines meticulous research with sensitive analysis and elegant prose. Clark has done a masterful job of explaining the inexplicable in a highly readable account.

Clark, Margaret A. (2014). Carmichael’s 1000: a history of 36th Battalion, AIF 1916 – 1918 (Australian Military History Publications: Loftus, NSW) 396 pp., Call No: 570.14 CLAR 2014.

This is a history of the 36th Australian Infantry Battalion AIF, which was formed in New South Wales in 1916 and later served in France with 9th Brigade, 3rd Division, during some of the most important battles of 1917 and 1918. It is based on the unit diaries and letters of the men. It tells of their journey from Australia, training on Salisbury Plain, and engagements on the battlefields of France at Messines, Oostaverne, Broodseinde and Passchendaele in 1917 and Villers Bretonneux in spring 1918, before the battalion was disbanded due to the lack of reinforcements.

Dean, Peter J., editor (2014). Australia 1943: the liberation of New Guinea (Cambridge University Press: Melbourne) 309 pp., Call No: 588.14 DEAN 2014.

By January 1943, Australia had secured the northern coastlines of Australia and Papua. Australian forces were poised for a full-scale offensive to liberate New Guinea from Japanese control. This book explores the high point of Australia’s influence on operations and strategy in the Southwest Pacific. It investigates the critical operations from January 1943 to April 1944, including Salamaua, Lae-Nadzab, Finschhafen, Shaggy Ridge, the Markham Valley, and the Huon Peninsula.

Donaldson, Mark (2013). The crossroad: a story of life, death and the SAS (Pan Macmillan Australia: Sydney) 422 pp., Call No: 501.2 DONA 2013.

This is the autobiography of SAS trooper Mark Donaldson who was awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia in Afghanistan in 2009. A rebellious child and teenager, his decisions could have led to a life of self-destructiveness and petty crime. Instead, he chose the army. It proved to be his salvation. He was a natural soldier and he progressed to the SAS. This is a frank and compelling story of a man who turned his life around by sheer determination and strength of mind.

Dufty, David (2017). The secret code-breakers of Central Bureau: how Australian signals-intelligence network helped win the Pacific War (Scribe Publications: Melbourne) 451 pp., Call No: 411.7 DUFT 2017.

Central Bureau, in World War II, was Australia’s own large and sophisticated intelligence network, built from scratch. It was this group of mathematicians, code-breakers and radio experts who, for example, intercepted the travel plans of the architect of the Pearl Harbour attack, Admiral Yamamoto, leading to his ambush and death. This is their story.

Dunbar, Raden (2014). The secrets of the Anzacs: the untold story of venereal disease in the Australian Army, 1914 – 1919 (Scribe: Brunswick, VIC) 274 pp., Call No: 570.14 DUNB 2014.

During World War I, about 60,000 soldiers in the Australian Army were treated by army doctors in Egypt, Europe and Australia for venereal diseases. This silent, secret scourge took hold in Egypt in 1914 and continued until 1919 when survivors of the war waited in Europe to be repatriated. This book details this aspect of the Anzac story.

Gatfield, John (editor) (2015). The RSL book of World War I: true stories of Aussie courage and mateship from the annals of the RSL (Harper Collins Publishers: Sydney) 353 pp., Call No: 570.02 GATF 2015.

This is a collection of riveting short stories from the annals of the RSL written by diggers for diggers during and after the war and capturing the impact of war on those who took part. It includes accounts from the capture of German New Guinea, to Gallipoli, the Middle East and the Western Front.

Gia´p, Vo~ Nguye^n (1970). The military art of the people’s war: selected writings of General Vo Nguyen Giap [edited and with an introduction by Russell Stetler] (Monthly Review Press: New York) 332 pp., Call No: 820 GIAP 1970.

This is a collection of the major writings between 1940 and 1969 of General Giap, a 20th-century strategist and tactician – indeed, a military genius, as demonstrated both by his victories over the French and the Americans in Vietnam and by his theoretical writings on revolutionary warfare in both the guerrilla and conventional warfare phases. The collection is presented here in English with a valuable historical introduction by the editor, Russell Stetler.

Gower, Steve (2017). Rounds complete: an artillery forward observer in Vietnam (Big Sky Publishing: Newport, NSW) 198 pp., Cal No: 547 GOWE 2017.

In 1966, Steve Gower, a young gunner captain in the 101st Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery, was sent to Vietnam where he served with the 5th and 6th Battalions, Royal Australian Regiment, as a forward observer. Gower describes providing timely, accurate and effective artillery fire support to the two battalions, all the while living with them as they conducted a variety of operation, including search and destroy, cordon and search, heliborne and road protection, and company patrols from forward operating bases. These are his memoirs.

Maynard, Roger (2017). Hero or deserter? Gordon Bennett and the defeat of the 8th Division (Penguin Random House: Docklands, VIC) 374 pp., Call No: 588.14 MAYN 2017.

Major-General Gordon Bennett played a decisive role in the defence of Malaya and Singapore in World War II. A colourful character, his officers found him at times abrasive and cocky, but he was also known as an outstanding divisional commander. He is, however, best remembered for his daring escape by boat from Singapore in the dying days of the Japanese invasion. Bennett’s decision to leave his men to their fate was most controversial. While exonerated by the Australian prime minister, he was never forgiven by the military’s top brass for what many regarded as desertion. Maynard re-examines the case.

McDonald, Neil (2004). Chester Wilmot reports: broadcasts that shaped World War II (ABC Books: Sydney) 401 pp., Cal No: 580.01 MCDO 2004.

ABC broadcaster, Chester Wilmot, was one of the greatest correspondents of the Second World War. This is a textual compilation of his original broadcasts from the Middle East, Greece, Crete, Syria, Tobruk, the Crusader Offensive and New Guinea 1942. Each broadcast is accompanied by a commentary from journalist and writer, Neil McDonald.

McDonald, Neil, with Peter Brune (2016). Valiant for truth: the life of Chester Wilmot, war correspondent (NewSouth Publishing: Sydney) 493 pp., Call No: 501.2 MCDO 2016.

This is a biography of Chester Wilmot (1911 – 1954), a renowned Australian war correspondent, broadcaster, journalist and writer. Covering the first triumphant North African battles of Bardia, Tobruk and Derna; the heartbreaking Greek Campaign; the epic struggle along the Kokoda Track; the momentous amphibious invasion at Normandy; and the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany; his voice stood above all others during BBC and ABC broadcasts throughout World War II.

Mearns, David L. (2017). The shipwreck hunter: a lifetime of extraordinary discovery and adventure in the deep seas (Allen & Unwin: Sydney) 400 pp., Call No: 728 MEAR 2017.

This is the autobiography of David Mearns who has discovered some of the world’s most fascinating and elusive shipwrecks, including HMAS Sydney, HMS Hood and AHS Centaur and the crumbling wooden skeletons of Vasco de Gama’s 16th century fleet.

Rosen, Sue (2017). Scorched earth: Australia’s secret plan for total war under Japanese invasion in World War II (Allen & Unwin: Sydney) 284 pp., Call No: 588.14 ROSE 2017.

In 1942, the threat of Japanese invasion hung over Australia. Prime Minister Curtin ordered state governments to prepare. From January, a team frantically pulled together secret plans for a ‘scorched earth’ strategy. The goal was to prevent the Japanese from seizing resources for their war machine and capturing Australians as slaves as they had done in Malaya and elsewhere in Asia. This is the first time these once top-secret plans have been made public.

Silver, Lynette Ramsay (2010). Deadly secrets: the Singapore raids 1942-45 (Sally Miller Publishing: Binda, NSW) 464 pp., Call No: 588.14 SILV 2010.

This book tells the story of the commando raids on shipping in Singapore Harbour in 1943 (Operation Jaywick) and 1944 (Operation Rimau), the planning for the raids and their aftermaths. The author provides an insight into the world of covert operations; lays to rest a number of myths that have arisen concerning the operations; and points out that the operations were politically, rather than militarily, motivated, and, in in the Australian Army’s post-war assessment, achieved nothing but death misery and suffering.

Smith, Fred (2016). The dust of Uruzgan (Allen & Unwin: Sydney) 399 pp., Call No: 543.4 SMIT 2016.

This gripping book is the first comprehensive on-the-ground account of Australia’s involvement in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan. Part memoir, part history, part eyewitness reportage, it offers a sympathetic explanation of an obscure and impoverished province where tribal leaders conspire against one another in a society devastated by 35 years of civil war. The book recounts the setbacks and successes of Australian soldiers, diplomats and aid workers struggling to make a difference in a place where truth and clarity were often buried, and where too many young Australians perished in the dust of Uruzgan.

Smith, Lieutenant Colonel Neil C. (2016). Australia’s bluejackets in German New Guinea, 1914 (Mostly Unsung Military History: Brighton, VIC) 65 pp., Call No: 578 SMIT 2016.

The sailors of the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force to German New Guinea in 1914 were the first Australians to fight and die in the Great War. They conducted the first bayonet charge and won the first gallantry decorations. The story of these unique Bluejackets is told; their honours and awards citations are included; and they are identified by name in the nominal roll of the Naval Expeditionary Force.

Stone, Barry (2017). Secret army: an elite force, a secret mission, a fleet of Model-T Fords, a far flung corner of World War I (Allen & Unwin: Sydney) 228 pp., Call No: 577 STON 2017.

An elite force was assembled in London in late 1917 from Australian, British, New Zealand, Canadian and South African veterans of Gallipoli and the Western Front. They were sent to the ethnic powder keg of the Caucasus to preserve British interests. They matched wits with German spies and assassins. They fought Turks. They dined with sheiks, outraged local mullahs, forged unlikely alliances with Russian Cossacks, helped Armenians flee genocide and saved the lived of thousands of starving Persians.

Wood, Graeme (2017). The way of the strangers: encounters with the Islamic State (Random House: New York) 317 pp., Call No: 412 WOOD 2017.

The Way of the Strangers is an intimate journey into the minds of the Islamic State's true believers. From the streets of Cairo to the mosques of London, Wood interviews supporters, recruiters, and sympathizers of the group. Wood speaks with non-Islamic State Muslim scholars and jihadists, and explores the group's idiosyncratic, coherent approach to Islam. The Islamic State is bent on murder and apocalypse, but its followers find meaning and fellowship in its utopian dream. The theology, law, and emotional appeal of the Islamic State are key to understanding it – and predicting what its followers will do next. Through character study and analysis, Wood provides a clear-eyed look at a movement that has inspired so many people to abandon or uproot their families.

The Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War Operations

Horner, David (2011). Australia and the ‘New World Order’: from peacekeeping to peace enforcement: 1988-1991; Volume II of the Official History (Cambridge University Press: Port Melbourne, VIC) 601 pp., Call No: 500 OHAP v. 2.

This is the first comprehensive study of Australia’s role in peacekeeping and peace enforcement operations that developed at the end of the Cold War. It covers the commitment of Australian Army engineers to Namibia (1989); military observers in Iran (1988-90); mime clearance instructors in Pakistan and Afghanistan (1989-93); maritime interception operation following Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait (1990); and participation in the 1991 Gulf War.

Horner, David, and Connor, John (2014). The good international citizen: Australian peacekeeping in Asia, Africa and Europe, 1991-1993; Volume III of the Official History (Cambridge University Press: Port Melbourne, VIC) 582 pp., Call No: 500 OHAP v. 3.

This volume explores Australia’s involvement in six overseas missions in the years following the Gulf War: Cambodia (1991-99); Western Sahara (1991-94); the former Yugoslavia (1992-2004); Iraq (1991); Maritime Interception Force Operations (1991-99); and inspection of weapons of mass destruction facilities in Iraq (1991-99).

Breen, Bob (2016). The good neighbour: Australian peace support operations in the Pacific Islands, 1980-2006; Volume V of the Official History (Cambridge University Press: Port Melbourne, VIC) 540 pp., Call No: 500 OHAP v. 5.

The volume explores the Australian government’s efforts to support peace in the Pacific Islands from 1980 -2006, including: peace enforcement in Vanuatu (1980); the contingency operation in the waters off Fiji; and unarmed and armed interventions in Papua New Guinea (Bougainville) and the Solomon Islands; and Tonga (2006).

Bullard, Steven (2017). In their time of need: Australia’s overseas emergency relief operations, 1918-2006; Volume VI of the Official History (Cambridge University Press: Port Melbourne, VIC) 577 pp., Call No: 500 OHAP v. 6.

The volume recounts the activities of Australia’s military forces in response to overseas natural disasters. It begins with the 1918-19 influenza epidemic which ravaged the Pacific and culminates with the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.

To reserve any of these books, email:

For further information, phone (02) 9393 2325 on a Monday or Wednesday between 1000 – 1600 hours.

David Leece
Library Manager
30 September 2017

  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.

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  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.

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David Leece
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19 December 2016


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