ANZACS in the Middle East

Mark Johnston

Australian soldiers, their allies and the local people in World War Two.

By November 1939, 20,000 young Australians had volunteered to join the Second Australian Imperial Force. Spurred by a sense of adventure and duty, they set sail to countries of which they knew very little. ANZACS in the Middle East is a compelling exploration of the experiences of the more than 100,000 Australian soldiers who fought in the Middle East. Historian Mark Johnson examines the relationships between Australians and their allies, and how they related to the local people, including Greeks, Egyptians, Syrians, Lebanese and Palestinians. He provides a new perspective on the famous campaigns at Tobruk and Alamein, as well as significant but less familiar battles at Bardia, Retimo and Damascus.

Hard cover, maps, photographs, 255 pages.