An Australian Band of Brothers

Don Company, Second 43rd Battalion, 9th Division

by Mark Johnston

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 02/04/2018

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This riveting book follows a small group of Australian front-line soldiers from their enlistment in the dark days of 1940 to the end of World War II.

No ordinary soldiers, they were members of Don Company of the Second 43rd Battalion, part of the famous 9th Australian Division, which during campaigns in Tobruk, El Alamein, New Guinea, and Borneo sustained more casualties and won more medals than any other Australian division.

It is an evocative and detailed account of the day-to-day war of three infantry soldiers whose experiences included night patrols at Tobruk, advancing steadily through German barrages at Alamein, charging enemy machine guns in New Guinea, and repelling Japanese charges on Borneo.

Inspired by American historian Stephen Ambrose’s landmark book, Band of Brothers, about the US Army’s Easy Company of the 506th Regiment, Mark Johnston, one of our best military historians, here gives an Australian company the same treatment.

Using the frank and detailed personal letters, diaries, and memoirs of three Australian soldiers, he brings to life their campaigns, battles, and interactions with their comrades and enemies. His book is a unique and powerful account of the everyday experiences of a small unit of Australian soldiers on the front line.

ISBN:
9781742235721
9781742235721
Category:
Military history
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
02-04-2018
Language:
English
Publisher:
NewSouth Publishing
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
464
Dimensions (mm):
234.95x152.4x35.56mm
Weight:
0.63kg
Mark Johnston

Dr Mark Johnston is Head of the History Department at Scotch College, Melbourne, Victoria. Mark Johnston is one of this country's leading experts on the Australian Army in World War II.

He was described in the Australian War Memorial's Wartime magazine as `the leading historian on the experience of Australian soldiers during the war'. This book, his eleventh, goes to the heart of that wartime experience.

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