Wartime Magazine Issue 40

October 2007

Lawrence of Arabia and the Light Horse.  
One of the great legends of the war in the desert and the role of the Australian Light Horse is reviewed in this special section.

  • The sword in their midst by Nigel Steel. Australians liberated Damascus from the Turks in 1918, but the credit has always been given to the Arab army led by Lawrence of Arabia.
  • Star-crossed by Mal Booth. Sir Harry Chauvel and T.E. Lawrence each believed their men had liberated Damascus.  
  • Creating a legend by Robyn Van Dyk. One of the more significant contributions to the ledend of the Australian Light Horse came from the pen of Ion Idriess, author of The Desert Colomn.
  • Horsemen of the air by Robyn Van Dyk. Many light horsemen swapped saddles for cockpits for the campaign in Palestine.
  • Pioneer soldier settler by Craig Wilcox. There were soldier settlers in Australia more than a century before the First World War produced their best-known cohort.
  • Of wheat and wool by Susan Pfanner. Staff Sergeant Austin Shephard stood out as an exceptional soldier settlement success story.
  • The 'black art' by Tim Coyle. Closeted behind black-out curtains, RAAF navigators played a crucial role in the air war over Europe during the Second World War.
  • Campaign in the balance by Walter Krudrycz. The failure of the Japanese to capture the important airstrip at Wau signalled that the scales in the New Guinea campaign had tipped in favour of the Allies.
  • Eyewitness:  1943 1st Battery, 2/1st Field Regiment, At Wau, 30 January by Norrie Jones.
  • The last shot by Wes Olson. Like everything in the Memorial's exhibitions, an engraved shell case in the Gallipoli 1915 gallery has an interesting story.
  • The challenge of getting there by David Stevens. One of the more remarkable Australian operations a the beginning of the First World War took place not on the battlefield but within our national shipyards.
  • Australians at Guadalcanal by Gregory P. Gilbert. Less well known than the Australians who fought on the Kokoda Trail, the Australian sailors at Guadalcanal played an equally, if not more, important role in Allied success in the Pacific.
  • Bitten and held by Michael Molkentin. The battle of Messines in June 1917 showed that good planning in the pursuit of well-defined objectives could bring victory.
  • The Westhoek five by Michael Molkentin. Recent excavations at the site of the battle of Polygon Wood have discovered the remains of five soldiers of the First AIF.
  • Words for warriors by Anne-Marie Condé. Books were popular accoutrements during the Second World War, and lending libraries followed servicemen and women into battle.
  • Eyewitness: Travelling north on a palliasse by Eddie Gilbert. After five months at Bonegilla, Victoria, the 2/21st Infantry Battalion, AIF, finally received the orders taking it to war, or so they thought.
  • Soft cover, fully illustrated, 75 pages.

Wartime Magazine Issue 40
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