Category Archives: War

The Costs and Pitfalls of Book Buying.

I have far too many books – and still I buy more. When I develop a new reading interest, or a new interest in general, I’m not satisfied to dabble around the edges, I jump right in and obtain as … Continue reading

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The Commando (the life and death of Cameron Baird VC. MG.) by Ben Mckelvey

The Commando, is a biography of Cameron Baird the 100th (and to date last) Australian Victoria Cross winner who was killed in Afghanistan in June 2013. It was quite a disturbing read, although I’m not sure it was intended to … Continue reading

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Beersheba and “God’s Work”

Paul Daley (see previous post) wrote an interesting historical account of the Beersheba charge in today’s Guardian, which includes the following observation: The charge, coincidentally, narrowly preceded the British war cabinet’s proclamation of the Balfour declaration in support of a Jewish state in Palestine. … Continue reading

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Beersheba, by Paul Daley

This was originally posted two years ago. I thought it was worth reposting to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the event covered in the book. _______________________ On 31st October 1917, the Australian Light Horse played a significant role in the capture of … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: 3 Books and a Song

The Sewing Circles of Herat by Christina Lamb Christina Lamb is a foreign correspondent with a close relationship to Afghanistan and its people. Long before the current crisis of the west’s longest war-without-end, Lamb was reporting from Afghanistan. During the … Continue reading

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A Nurse at the Front, by Sister Edith Appleton

The First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton. This is a book I’ve been reading over a long period – not quite for as many years as it took for the original diaries to be written, but I’ve been … Continue reading

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Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson VC DSO DFC

Guy Gibson was my childhood hero. I don’t know how I heard of him and his involvement in the “Dam Busters” raid, or why I came to idolise him; but as a pre-teen I developed a brief obsession with the … Continue reading

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Blood on my Hands, a Surgeon at War by Craig Jurisevic

This is another book related to military medicine, but this one has a slight difference. Jurisevic was an Australian volunteer doctor who chose to help refugees who were fleeing from Kosovo to get away from a murderous campaign waged by Serbia under … Continue reading

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Hope and Persistence

These two books show humanity at its worst. Firstly through the evils of the war in Syria that has made so much of that country impossible to live in. Secondly through the treatment of those trying to flee the horrors … Continue reading

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While History Passed, by Jessie Elizabeth Simons

Knowing that I love to read, whenever I visited Gloria’s family, her dad would hand me one of his very few books. He’d served in the RAAF in Borneo towards the end of WWII and as a result disliked the … Continue reading

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