Fear Drive My Feet

Author: Peter Ryan

Publisher: Text Publishing

ISBN: 1925095878

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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Fear Drive My Feet is Peter Ryan’s enduring account of his time patrolling isolated regions of New Guinea during World War II. Far from his fellow Australians and with Japanese forces closing in around him, the eighteen-year-old Ryan endures the hardships of the jungle, overcoming loneliness, fatigue and fear with quiet courage. He finds beauty in the rugged mountain landscapes of New Guinea, and admires the charm and resourcefulness of its people. Rarely out of print in the past four decades, Fear Drive My Feet is a classic memoir of the war in the Pacific, a major work of Australian war literature. For the work he describes in this book, Peter Ryan was awarded the Military Medal and mentioned in dispatches. Peter Ryan has been a newspaper columnist, the director of Melbourne University Press and an officer of the Victorian Supreme Court. He was an intelligence operative behind enemy lines in New Guinea in World War II. He lives in Melbourne. ‘Outstanding.’ Peter Pierce ‘A moving account of a young man’s lonely heroism.’ Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop

The Third Force

Author: Alan Powell

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 292

View: 3581


Provides a unique history of Australia's Papa New Guinean interaction with Australian and American Armed Forces in the Second World War; provides a political and military history of New Guinea's war record and colonial administration, as well.

War by Stealth

Author: Alan Powell

Publisher: Melbourne University

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 424

View: 4737


The intriguing and daring story of the Australian coast-watchers in New Britain and the Solomon Islands during World War II is fairly well known, but they were part of a wider organisation. The Allied Intelligence Bureau was General MacArthur's intelligence, special operations and field propaganda unit in the Pacific War, 1942-45. The AIB was unique in its multinational composition. Under American leadership, it included British, Dutch, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian members, although many of the leaders and most of the field operatives were Australian. Its area of operations stretched from New Guinea to the Solomon Islands and from Indonesia, including Borneo, to the Asian mainland. Using much newly released, formerly secret archival material from Britain, the USA and Australia, this new full-scale study of the AIB examines for the first time relations between operatives and native peoples - a relationship critical for the success or failure of missions that were often appallingly dangerous. It also lays bare the power struggles within the organisation itself - conflicts over national, military and personal interests that were constant and intense - heightened by the conduct of war at a time that was, without doubt, the most desperate in Australian history.

Ryan's Luck

Author: John Tidey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781922454096

Category:

Page: N.A

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Peter Allen Ryan (1923-2015) was a talented, brave and complex man; in some quarters an Australian institution. As a 19-year-old soldier in World War Two he won the Military Medal and was Mentioned in Dispatches. Fear Drive My Feet, the book he wrote when he returned home from New Guinea, is recognised as perhaps Australia's finest war memoir. In another life - and he had several - Ryan was Director of Melbourne University Press for 26 years. As a writer - his first and greatest interest - Ryan's extraordinary output included nine books and some two million words, most of them produced by hand. His essays and columns were often controversial (as intended) but written with style, grace and wicked wit. It was said of Peter Ryan that he was incapable of writing an ugly sentence.

New Guineana

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: New Guinea

Page: 88

View: 3303


Meanjin

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Australian literature

Page: N.A

View: 743