The Australian Army in World War II
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The Australian Army in World War II



  • Author: Mark Johnston
  • Illustrator: Carlos Chagas
  • Short code: ELI 153
  • Publication Date: 10 Jun 2007
  • Number of Pages: 64


This book recounts the organization and deployment of one of the most important fighting armies of World War II. Australian divisions made a large and distinctive contribution to victory both in the deserts of the Middle East and the jungles of the South-West Pacific, earning for the second time a unique reputation for aggressiveness, endurance and independence of spirit. The text is illustrated with original wartime photos from all fronts; and with full colour, plates showing a wide range of uniforms and gear, together with the complex and colourful Australian system of unit insignia.


Mark Johnston was born in 1960. He has written five books and numerous articles on the Australian Army in World War II. He also has a doctorate on that topic from the University of Melbourne. He is currently the Head of History at Scotch College, Melbourne. Carlos Chagas was born in Rio de Janeiro and attended the National School of Fine Arts in Brazil. Following his graduation, he has received several commissions which have included traditional painting, comic strip artwork, book and magazine covers, and advertising. His main interest is the military history of the two World Wars and he enjoys building plastic models of this period.


Introduction - the legacy of the First Australian Imperial Force in WW I Organization of Australian Military Forces, 1939: AIF and CMF - orbats of armies, corps, divisions & brigades - divisional organizations Campaigns: Libya 1940 - Siege of Tobnruk - Greece, Crete & Syria - Alamein. The Japanese onslaught - SW Pacific 1943-44 - final campaigns 1945. Major formations & combat histories Uniforms and insignia
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