Wartime Magazine Issue 49

January 2010

Victory and defeat: The Australian experience in the first years of the Second World War: on the ground, in the air and at sea, in victory and in defeat.

  • How Bardia was won by Craig Stockings. The myths of Australian invincibility should give way to better-informed explanations.
  • ‘The kind eyelids of night hid my tears’ by Jennifer Selby. A letter by Dr Tom Selby gives an insight into the human side of the Australian victory at Bardia.
  • Artist in the aftermath by Lola Wilkins. Ivor Hele’s immense canvas provides a valuable record of the evacuation of Greece in 1941.
  • Heroes of Tobruk by Peter Burness. The Australians demonstrated determination and courage at Tobruk and showed that aggressive patrolling was the best form of defence.
  • The first kill by Karl James. No. 10 Squadron, RAAF, was the first Australian unit to go to war in 1939 and quickly went into action, hunting German U-boats.
  • Recovering the past by John Perryman. Finding lost wrecks is also a way of honouring those who served in them.
  • ‘Tell her the baker’s enlisted’ by Martin Hadlow. From old recordings, members of the Second AIF recall their departure for the Middle East in 1940.
  • A tale of two weddings by Rebecca Britt. Many couples decided to marry before the war could sweep them apart.
  • Here is their spirit. An address given by Chair of the Council of the Australian War Memorial, General Peter Cosgrove AC MC (Ret’d), at the Memorial on Remembrance Day, 2009. It was written for General Cosgrove by Peter Pedersen.
  • Doughboys and the breaking of the Hindenburg Line by Mitchell Yockelson. The Americans may have been green, but they were splendid men.
  • Flying close to the sun by Ken Peacock.  Australian pilots in the North Africa campaign improvised and lived rough in desert conditions.
  • Soft cover, fully illustrated, 75 pages.

Wartime Magazine Issue 49
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