9780521763455

Australian Battalion Commanders in the Second World War

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521763455

  • ISBN10:

    0521763452

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-27
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

This book explores the background, role and conduct of the commanding officers of Australian infantry battalions in World War II.

Table of Contents

List of maps and figuresp. ix
Military symbols on mapsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Notes on the textp. xv
List of abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
'Completely untrained for war': Battalion command in the pre-war armyp. 30
The foundations of battalion command: Forming the 2nd AIF, 1939-40p. 48
'We were learning then': The AIF's Mediterranean campaigns, 1941p. 77
Desert epilogue: El Alamein, 1942p. 112
Victims of circumstance: Battalion command in the 8th Divisionp. 130
'No place for half-hearted measures': Australia and Papua, 1940-42p. 165
'There is no mystery in jungle fighting': The New Guinea offensivesp. 197
'Experienced, toughened, competent': 1945p. 235
Conclusionp. 270
The demographics of Australian battalion commandersp. 277
Periods of commandp. 313
Notesp. 329
Bibliographyp. 390
Indexp. 408
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