Wartime Issue 40

Spring 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.

  • Reflections by Steve Gower.  
    The Director of the Australian War Memorial's comment
  • The sword in their midst by Nigel Steel.
  • Star-crossed by Mal Booth.
  • Creating a legend by Robyn Van Dyk.
  • Horsemen of the air by Robyn Van Dyk.
  • 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 Sue Pfanner.  
    Staff sargeant Austin Shepard 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: 1st Battery, 2/1st Field Regiment 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.  
    Most Australians are familiar with the determined efforts of Australian soldiers along the Kokoda Track but the actions of Australian soldiers at Guadalcanal were equally, if not more, important to the Allied success in the Pacific.
  • Bitten and held by Michael Molkentin.  
    The battle at Messines in June 1917 showed that good planning in the pursuit of well-defined objectives could bring victory.
  • 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.
  • Plus regular features, including book reviews, letters and Memorial news

Wartime issue 40 cover

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