That magnificent 9th

Mark Johnston

An illustrated history of the 9th Australian Division 1940-46.

This is a unique and powerful visual history of the men who fought in the 9th Division, the most famous Australian division of the Second World War. Many photographs, some from veterans' private collections, illustrate dramatic and moving stories of Tobruk, El Alamein, New Guinea and Borneo.

The 9th Division gained renown as 'Rats of Tobruk' in 1941, were eulogised as 'that magnificent 9th' by General Montgomery after the battle of El Alamein in 1942, and drew praise from their formidable opponent, Field Marshal Rommel.

In 1943, the Division joined the war against Japan. It served with distinction in New Guinea undertaking the largest amphibious landing by Australian forces since Gallipoli, and in two controversial campaigns in Borneo.

That Magnificent 9th is much more than a collection of fine photographs. Together with expert commentary on the illustrations, it provides the first narrative history of the Division's entire wartime experience. It also presents detailed tables showing the 9th's commanders, casualties and awards for bravery.

Soft cover, photographs, 272 pages.

That magnificent 9th