9780521782227

Fighting the Enemy: Australian Soldiers and their Adversaries in World War II

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521782227

  • ISBN10:

    0521782228

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-09-25
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Fighting the Enemy is about men with the job of killing each other. Based on the wartime writings of hundreds of Australian front-line soldiers during World War II, this powerful and resonant book contains many moving descriptions of high emotion and drama. Soldiers' interactions with their enemies are central to war, and their attitudes to their adversaries are crucial to the way wars are fought. Yet few books look in detail at how enemies interpret each other. This book is an unprecedented and thorough examination of the way Australian combat soldiers interacted with troops from the four powers engaged in World War II: Germany, Italy, Vichy France and Japan. Each opponent has themes peculiar to it: the Italians were much ridiculed; the Germans were the most respected of enemies; the Vichy French were regarded with ambivalence; while the Japanese were the subject of much hostility, intensified by the real threat of occupation.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Conventions and Abbreviations viii
Introduction 1(8)
PART I WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST
The Italians
9(17)
The Germans: The Real Enemy
26(15)
The Germans: Mutual Respect
41(17)
The Vichy French
58(15)
PART II WAR IN THE PACIFIC
The Japanese: Most Encountered, Most Hated
73(11)
The Japanese: Sources of Hate
84(19)
The Japanese: Questions of Quality
103(16)
The Japanese: Empathy, Compassion and Incomprehension
119(10)
Conclusion 129(7)
Appendix A: Fifth Columnists 136(8)
Appendix B: Orders of Battle of Australia's Enemies 144(3)
Notes 147(37)
Bibliography 184(15)
Index 199

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