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The Proud 6th

By: Mark Johnston (580.2/36012)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 9780521514118

Following Mark Johnston’s acclaimed illustrated histories of the 7th and 9th Divisions comes his long-awaited history of the 6th Australian Division: the first such history ever published.

The 6th was a household name during World War II. It was the first division raised in the Second AIF, the first division to go overseas and the first to fight. Its success in that fight, in Libya in 1941, indicated that the standard established in the Great War would be continued. In Greece, Syria and New Guinea, the Division made further significant contributions. Indeed the ‘Good Old Sith”, as General Blamey called it, was still fighting on the war’s last day. Blamey and nearly every other officer who became wartime army, corps and divisional commanders were once members of the 6th Division. Through photographs and an authoritative text, this book tells their story, and that of the proud, independent and tough troops they commanded.

December 2008


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