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Reading Lists

RUSI of NSW volunteers Theo Fox and Carol Miller have completed reading lists on topics of interest. The lists draw together the online topic references published by the RUSI of NSW and those in the RUSI of NSW Library. The references cover all genre of publication, Library volumes, online articles, and online video. Useful compendia for those researching a particular topic. Do note, as yet only one topic is included on a trial basis, others will follow.

 Anzac Day

Anzac Day is when all Australians commemorate the sacrifice of those who served and in some cases made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation. Men and women from all indigenous and immigrant backgrounds have served in the Australian Defence Force. This national day, 25 April, is the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915 when our forces were first committed to battle in the war of 1914-18 where more Australians died that in any other conflict.

Anzac Day, has a long history from World War 1 to the present. This list of books can help understanding.

 Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey

Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey GBE KCB CMG CStJ DSO ED, brilliant Chief of Staff of the Australian Corps in 1918 who served as a Reservist between the wars then commander of the AIF in the Mediditerranean theatre 1940-42 including command of the Anzac Corps in Greece 1940 then Commander in Chief of Allied Land Forces, South West Pacific 1942 until the end of the war.

 Israel and Palestine - 2024

Israel, Palestine, and Hezbollah Reading List

 Iran 1941-1989

Understanding Iran from the joint invasion of the neutral Imperial State of Iran by the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union in August 1941; through to when the leader of the revolution and founder of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, died as the Supreme Leader of Iran in 1989.

 The Royal Australian Navy

Two reading lists that cover the volumes held by the Library covering the exploits of our Navy defending our nation since its formation in 1911 'till today.


This is a selected list of works on strategy. Most of the books listed are available in the Institute’s Ursula Davidson Library, some in multiple editions and/or copies. Where so, the call/shelf number follows the citation in each case. The listed books not held by the library are available online.

 Ukraine, Russia and the former Eastern Bloc

This reading list provides an informative understanding of the current political and military conflict between Russia and the Ukraine; and Russian relations with the countries of the former Eastern Bloc.

 The Zulu Wars 1879

This reading list is not exhaustive but covers a variety of books held in our collection on the Zulu War of 1879. We have included contemporary accounts along with histories written across various time frames.

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