War, Society, Memories, Commemoration and Heritage
At the Pompey Elliott Memorial Hall Wednesday September 19, 2018 to a group of around 25....  
Written posthumously about the life of Corporal Cameron Baird (1981-2013), this book aims to provide a snapshot of the Australian man behind his well-known heroics as a soldier....  
At a loose end on a recent trip to the Sunshine Coast, I desperately pored over the attractions list containing all the usual suspects (whale watching, zoos and of course shopping and restaurants) for something “blokey” to do....  
Lambis Englezos is a Greek-born, retired Art Teacher from Melbourne, with a “magnificent obsession” to find, recover, and honour Australia’s missing diggers from the Battle of Fromelles – an obsession that grew from meeting many returned diggers as a child growing up in Melbourne....  
Concerns over black marketing and rationing played a central part in the everyday life of Australian consumers and – not least – the Commonwealth government’s war effort....  
This expensive and voluminous book is a fitting addition to our collection of texts relating to Military Law, an important segment of any comprehensive military library....  
A recent visit to this charming island showed just how obsessed Hitler was with it and how breathtakingly illogical his obsession was....  
Since 1856 when the award was created by Queen Victoria, 100 Australian servicemen have been recognised with the nation’s highest award for valour, the Victoria Cross (VC)....  
Lieutenant-General Sir Stanley ‘Joe’ Maude was one of the First World War’s most successful fighting Generals....  
The Future of War is a history of predictions about the character of war and the reduced likelihood of war....  
Soldiers and Civilization examines the history of the military profession in the Western World from the ancient Greeks to the present day....  
Why We Fight explores the question: “Why do human beings fight?”...  
When Adolf Hitler went to war in 1914, aged 25, he lived through what he would later call the “most stupendous experience of my life”....  
Don Bradman could cut you with his tongue as sharply as he could flash a ball to the boundary with his bat....  
Savage Continent is a deeply harrowing account of Europe as a continent reeling from the impacts and consequences of World War II....  
Most Australian Army unit histories are based on units: infantry battalion, artillery regiments, engineer squadrons and the like....  
Jay Winter is Charles J Stille Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University....  
The partnership between the service colleges and the University of New South Wales has been long and productive....  
A controversial but respected scholar, Martin van Creveld is the author of 17 books on military history and strategy of which Supplying War: Logistics from Wallenstein to Patton (1977), Command in War (1985), The Sword and the Olive (1998) and The Rise and Decline of the State (1999) are among the best known....  
American military bases encircle the globe. As of 2015, the United States controlled approximately 800 bases on foreign soil – including four in Australia. United States national security policy asserts that ‘forward presence’ contributes directly to global peace and security....  
A Bit on the Side breaks new ground in this little known and understood aspect of Australia’s society during World War II....  
As the centenary of the Great War has been observed, there has been considerable writing outside the realm of sacrifice, heroism and bravery emerging to redress the existing imbalance....  
This modern classic by international journalist and military historian Gwynne Dyer is widely acknowledged as one of the most compelling analyses of the history and psychology of armed conflict throughout the ages....  
In Their Time of Need documents this century-long commitment, focusing on the overseas deployment of defence and other personnel and equipment for broadly humanitarian goals, generally in response to a call for assistance after a natural disaster or other non-conflict related emergency....  
It’s 9pm but the setting sun shows no sign of repose as it beams down across the vast wheat fields of Fromelles....  
Paul Moorcroft is a writer with four decades of experience in the subject matter covered in Dying for the Truth....  
It may surprise many of us to know that an analysis of the DNA of the bodies recovered from the Battle of Fromelles revealed that many of the predominantly Australian soldiers had identifiable Askanazi Jewish haplotypes....  
It is now almost a year since my book The High Life of Oswald Watt was published....  
This substantial and impressive volume describes the service life of William George Monteith – the author’s late husband’s grandfather....  
When the First World War ended on 11 November 1918 Allied military authorities were keen to ensure that the millions of soldiers awaiting repatriation and demobilisation across Europe were appropriately occupied and that the reputation of the force not be undermined by ill-disciplined behaviour....  
Michael White produced the first edition of his work back in 1992....  
The one day conference held on 12 November 2016 brought together a fascinating series of presenters and as with all MHHV conferences revealed some information gems....  
The extent of Australia’s casualties in the First World War is, I consider, grossly underestimated....  
The first thing a soldier generally learns, on the very first day of enlistment, is his or her personal number....  
Gary Ramage began his working life as an infantry soldier and has since become one of Australia’s best known war photographers....  
Arriving in Amiens on a late Sunday afternoon is an unexpected experience....  
On looking at the cover, one could well expect to read accounts of indigenous Australian’s military exploits since World War Two....  
Larry Writer has provided a most readable dissection of possibly the most disreputable Olympic Games in the history of the Olympic movement....  
Hats-off to low-profile businessman Rob Lowden for collecting over 110 pieces of military equipment from around the world and putting them on display to the public just outside Cairns. The display is as shiny as a new pin and every piece of equipment is in tip top shape in the largest private collection of armoured...  
Phillip Schuler, a handsome young journalist from the Melbourne Age, covered the Gallipoli campaign alongside Charles Bean....  
Churchill’s Legacy describes how Winston Churchill wielded his influence in post-war politics to enable the restoration and defence of Europe through two key speeches in 1946....  
Launch of Australia’s Field Marshal – The Leadership of Sir Thomas Blamey – Shrine of Remembrance 26 July 2016- By Emeritus Professor David Horner...  
An international conference War Wounds: Medicine of Trauma and Conflict was conceived by Ashley Atkins and with his colleague Elizabeth Stewart developed the program that was convened by the Australian War Memorial in September 2009 with the support of the Department of Veteran Affairs....  
For John Charlton, eldest son of Walter and Mary Charlton of Castle Creek, a small settlement near Euroa in central Victoria, deployment to the South African Boer War couldn’t come quick enough.   Although volunteering early in the conflict, a serious leg injury prevented him from being sent overseas until 1901 where he served with the...  
As a newly commissioned lieutenant in the mid-1980s, with the Cold War still ‘raging’, I sat in a classroom at the School of Military Engineering and was drilled on ‘nuclear target analysis’ as part of the ‘offensive module’ of the nuclear, biological and chemical defence officers’ course....  
From the Boer War to Vietnam and beyond, Australians have long relied on war correspondents to bring home reports from the front lines of conflict....  
On 11th May 2016 Kate Luciano was MHHV’s monthly Military History Speaker. In it she summarised the post WW1 Victorian Soldier Settlement Scheme helped settle some 11,639 out of the 78,000 returned soldiers on farming land across the state through government leases between 1918 and 1934....  
The Boer War Monument in St Kilda Road, located opposite the Victoria Barracks, was erected in 1903 shortly after hostilities ceased....  
‘The History of the 3rd Brigade’ is a story about a formation which will always stand ready to defend the national interest at short notice, wherever and whenever required.’ Brigadier RJH Noble, Commander 3rd Brigade....  
Frank Walker, a journalist for 38 years and the author of two best selling investigative books about the Vietnam War, has written a highly critical account of the British nuclear weapon tests in Australia....  
Published on the centenary of the first Anzac Day in 1916, Anzac Day Then and Now is a collection of perspectives on Anzac Day from contributors who were asked to examine the events that set apart 25 April from other days in the calendar, and to explore why Anzac Day appears to mean so many...  
Preserving Our Proud Heritage is a well-researched and magnificently presented large-format book that serves as both an authoritative reference and an attractive ‘coffee table’ display....  
As the first Australian soldiers to land at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915 and among the last to serve in Afghanistan 100 years later, the men and women of the Australian Army’s 3rd Brigade have a long and proud history of service....  
In 2009 Private Paul Warren deployed with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, to Afghanistan. One month after he arrived in Afghanistan he was on patrol in the Baluchi valley and his team was hit by an improvised explosive device....  
Harold Edward (Pompey) Elliott (1878-1931), soldier, lawyer and politician, was born on 19th June 1878 at West Charlton, Victoria, son of Thomas Elliott, farmer, and his wife Helen, née Janvrin....  
This one day conference examined the history, politics, controversy and experience around the periods in Australian history when compulsory military service was introduced....  
After three long months of stalemate on the Gallipoli peninsula thousands had died in fighting and many more had been wounded....  
Maestro John Monash is not so much a biography or military history book as a long essay making the argument to posthumously promote Sir John Monash to the rank of Field Marshal....  
Book Review – Bearing Witness is a remarkably insightful and informative biography of C. E. W. (Charles Edwin Woodrow) Bean – arguably Australia’s most famous war correspondent and war historian....  
by Geoff Hocking with Christopher Atkins and Julie Millowick...  
Rear Admiral Sir Brian Stewart Murray was born at Glen Huntly, VIC on 26 December 1921 and was educated at Hampton High School, Melbourne. ...  
No tour of the battlefields of the two World Wars can omit a visit to at least one Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) cemetery....  
By Ian Morris Profile, Books: London; 2014; 448 pp.; ISBN 9781781252963; RRP $35.00 (softcover)...  
An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present...  
70th Anniversary Dinner Address to Melbourne Cricket Club 22 November 2012...  
The biography of Sir Stanley Savige 1890-1954 by W. B. Russell M.A., B.Ed., first published 1959 is reviewed by Dr David Jenner....  
Four actors; three female, and one male who plays the multiple roles of husband, sweetheart, brother and the iconic role of ‘the unknown soldier’ perform The Girls in Grey....  
The fall of Rabaul on January 23, 1942, will forever be linked with two tragedies, the massacres at Tol and Waitavalo that claimed at least 158 lives on February 4 that year, and the loss of 1053 soldiers and civilians aboard the Montevideo Maru on June 30....  
Noel William Hall was born on the 25th November 1913, in Hawthorn, Victoria. His birth date was expected to be on Christmas Day earning him the first name of Noel to lead the more traditional name of William Hall.  Noel was educated at Scotch College, Hawthorn, and followed in his father William’s footsteps by creating...  
Warren Perry was of an era wherein he shared his Long March of Everyman with the outstanding figures of Australia’s military heritage. Born on 28 January 1909 at Brighton-le-Sands, Sydney, he was a boy during the Great War; a teenager during the Great Depression; Union Bank clerk, Militia Gunner officer and an evening student at...  
During the First World War, 60,000 Australian soldiers were killed and a further 90,000 were physically or mentally disabled. War disability transformed the lives of thousands of Australian families who welcomed home a ‘changed’ man. Although the Commonwealth Repatriation Department provided pensions, hospitals and medical treatment for ex-servicemen, in many instances much of the practical...  
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