In the Line of Fire: Real Stories of Australians at War, from Gallipoli to Vietnam

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Pan Macmillan, 2006 - Australia - 358 pages
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Over 100,000 Australians have laid down their lives in the service of their country over the past 100 years. Conflicts including the two world wars, Korea and Vietnam have been fought by young men from every state in the country. In the Line of Fire explores the nature of combat from the point of the view of the men doing the actual fighting. From the heights of Gallipoli to the trenches of the Western Front, from the deserts of North Africa to the jungle POW camps of the Thai-Burma Railway, from the savage cold of a Korean winter to the steamy heat of Vietnam, this book details what it's really like to be in the line of fire. It also reveals the experiences of Australian women at war, as well as the combat photographers who did so much to document the realities of the front line. Using first-hand accounts, contemporary sources, biographies and over 60 classic photographs to create an extraordinarily vivid picture of Australians in combat, this book also provides an incisive overview of each campaign that lends depth and context to each of the individual stories. Compelling, fascinating and informative, it's a must-have for any student of Australian history.

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Tom Hayllar and Rex Sadler are enthusiastic specialists in the field of Australian history, each with more than twenty-five years experience. They have lectured extensively in adult courses and taught more senior high school classes than they care to remember.

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