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Anzacs in the Middle East is a compelling exploration of the experiences of soldiers who fought in the Middle East during World War II. Spurred by a sense of adventure and duty, they set sail to countries of which they knew very little. The book examines the relationships between Australians and their allies and also how they related to the local people: Greeks, Egyptians, Syrians, Lebanese and Palestinians. Mark Johnston draws on extensive research to provide a new perspective on the famous campaigns at Tobruk and Alamein, as well as significant but less familiar battles at Bardia, Retimo and Damascus. Featuring first-hand accounts and stories from the front line, the book discovers the true nature of the 'larrikin Australian' and is a must-read for anyone interested in Australia's military history. This book is a companion volume to Mark Johnston's previous books, At the Front Line and Fighting the Enemy.

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'Johnston makes a novel, interesting and impeccably well-written contribution to the corpus of literature on the Australian soldier’s Second World War. He does an excellent job of answering his principal question: rebutting the ‘Anzac myth’ through detailed examination of contemporaneous attitudes … Cambridge University Press should be commended for producing an attractive volume including a good number of photographs and some decent maps. It would be too much to ask for Orders of Battle to provide an overview as to formations’ and individual units’ course through the Middle East, but they can easily be accessed online.'

Alexander Wilson - The Second World War Military Operations Research Group

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Bibliography
Personal wartime testimonies
Adeney, Bdr 1939
Anson, Pte R.J. 1940
Armstrong, Pte A. 1942
Beilby, Spr R.C. 1940
Bennett, Pte N. 1941
Berry, Pte R.M. 1941
Bishop, Pte K.W. 1941
Black, Sgt K. 1941
Bosgard, Sgt P.
Browning, Pte J. 1941
Butler, Pte J.M. 1940
Caldwell, Pte H.L. 1941
Camarsh, Pte F. 1942
Cameron, Pte R.F. 1941
Campbell, Cpl N.B. 1941
Carleton, Sgt F.
Carroll, Lt K.A. 1940
Carroll, Pte S.L.
Castle, Cpl J. 1942
Chrystal, Lt 1940
Clark, Bdr W.C. 1941
Clarke, Cpl R.C. 1941
Clothier, Cpl L. 1942
Cobb, Gnr A. 1941
Connor, Capt L.G. 1941
Cook, Sig S.H. 1941
Cooper, Pte 1941
Cork, Pte R.C. 1941
Craig, Pte 1941
Cremor, Lt-Col W. 1941
Crooks, Lt J.P. 1940
Cumpston, Capt J.S. 1942
Currie, Pte A.E. 1940
da Fonte, Sgt R.J.W. 1941
Davies, Pte J. 1941
Dean, Capt H.A. 1939
Derrick, Pte T.C. 1941
Dexter, Lt W.R. 1940
Dooley, Gnr M. 1942
Dudley, Lt 1941
Dunkley, Capt H.L.E. 1941
Eaton, Cpl R.F. 1941
Edwards, Cpl C.E. 1940
Fairbrother, Pte W.T. 1940
Ferrier, L/Sgt S.R. 1941
Field, Lt-Col J. 1941
Forbes, Gnr I. 1941
Fraser, Pte D.L. 1940
Gatehouse, Sgt G. 1941
George, Cadet A.C. 1941
George, S/Sgt R.A. 1940
Gill, Lt G.T. 1940
Greenwood, Sgt C.F. 1940
Gullidge, Pte C.A. 1941
Hack, Gnr J.M. 1941
Hackshaw, Cpl A. 1940
Hall, L/Cpl M.G. 1942
Heffron, Lt L.H. 1941
Henley, Pte H.E.
Herron, Pte M. 1941
Hughes, Pte D. 1942
James, Gnr F. 1941
Jeans, L/Cpl D.J.T. 1941
Jones, Pte A.A. 1941
Jones, Lt L. 1942
Kennedy, Pte A.R.H. 1941
Kennedy, Pte T.J. 1942
Keys, Pte C.P. 1940
Kindley, Cpl R.A. 1941
Lambert, Pte E. 1941
Laybourne, Smith 1939
Lecky, Lt E. 1941
Legg, Sgt F.H. 1942
Lock, Pte W. 1941
Loubet, Spr E. 1940
Lovegrove, Cpl 1941
MacArthur, Pte
MacLeod, Pte E. 1941
Macmillan, Pte C.M. 1940
Madigan, Lt R. 1941
Marshall, Maj H.
Mawson, Cpl I. 1941
Mears, Pte 1941
Mills, Gnr A. 1942
Morshead, Lt-Gen 1942
Murphy, Pte T.L. 1941
Nash, Gnr C.G. 1941
Neeman, Sig T.R. 1940
Newbold, Lt R.L. 1941
Nicholson, Pte E.M. 1941
Nowland, Pte G.T. 1941
O’Dea, Pte C.J. 1942
O’Leary, Tpr S. 1941
Paget, Pte F.M. 1941
Parsons, Cpl A. 1940
Partington, Pte P.T. 1940
Pill, Pte H.W.
Pinwill, F.S. 1940
Porter, Maj S.W.H.C. 1940
Richardson, Pte W. 1940
Riley, Pte M.N. 1942
Robertson, Lt A.H. 1941
Robertson, Pte R.G. 1941
Russell, Capt D.M.
Russell, Gnr P. 1941
Sawford, Pte R. 1941
Scott, Pte A.J. 1941
Searle, Gnr L. 1941
Sier, Pte A. 1942
Simpson, Gnr M.
Smith, Pte N. 1941
Steward, Pte H.A. 1940
Sunley, Gnr H.C. 1940
Symington, Sgt C.G. 1941
Taylor, Sgt W.D. 1941
Thomas, Sgt H.W. 1941
Trewin, Gnr R. 1942
Ulrick, Pte A.J. 1939
Wade, Pte T. 1940
Walker, Cpl I. 1941
Wallin, Pte A.E. 1940
Weaver, Sgt E.A. 1941
Weir, Gnr J. 1940
West, Cpl T.H. 1941
White, Cpl C.G. 1941
Williams, Pte H.M. 1942
Wilson, Pte E.R. 1940
Zuckur, Pte R.L. 1941
Unpublished postwar reminiscences
Campbell, Ian
Clarke, Alwyn 1956
Combe, G.D. 1987
Crawford, J.A.
Digby, Kenhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stories/60/a1099460.shtml
Douglas, R.A. 2000
Jones, A.A. 1988
Joyce, Ken 1995
Kell, Ken 1994
O’Brien, M.
Snowdon, S.
Watkins, L.
Interviews
Fewtrell, Fred 1998
Finlay, Major-General C.H. 1990
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