The Big Book of Australia's War Stories

Author: Jim Haynes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781760875619


Page: 400

View: 9534

Here are the stories of Australia's iconic battles and campaigns from the time of federation to the Vietnam War. Some are still household names, although their historical significance may be a mystery to most Aussies. Others are barely remembered now, but are part in our history and deserve to be retold. Most importantly, this collection demonstrates the extraordinary courage, resilience, stoic humour, personal heroism and sacrifice that created the legend of the Aussie digger, soldiers, sailors and airmen who did things their own way and earned the undying respect of both their allies and their enemies. These are the stories that explain Australia's wartime reputation. Fifteen years before Gallipoli, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, writing of stoic Australian courage, would say, 'When the ballad makers of Australia seek for a subject, let them turn to Elands River'. Of Gallipoli, a British officer called the cheerful, insubordinate Aussies 'the bravest thing God ever made'. And before the Normandy invasion, Field Marshall Montgomery's chief of staff remarked, before the Normandy invasion, 'I only wish we had the Australian 9th Division with us this morning'.

Great Furphies of Australian History

Author: Jim Haynes

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1761063219

Category: History

Page: 372

View: 6322

Jim Haynes upturns some of the long-held myths of Australian history with surprising results. With all the skills of the master storyteller that he is, Jim Haynes exposes some of the great myths of Australian history. Did you know that Portuguese and Spanish explorers probably found the east coast of Australia before Captain Cook, and that the Rum Rebellion was not caused by rum? And what about Banjo Paterson writing Waltzing Matilda? As for Ned Kelly being a brave freedom-fighting rebel, in truth he was a thief, a thug and a murderer. The Ashes have nothing to do with cricket, the Ghan is not named after Afghan cameleers and Hargraves lied about discovering gold in New South Wales. Surprising, confounding, revealing and fun, Jim Haynes takes us on another great journey through Australian history and folklore.

Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags

Author: Jim Haynes

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

ISBN: 1761185586

Category: History

Page: 372

View: 989

An incredible collection of true crime characters from Australia's master storyteller. The bold, the bad, and the slightly mad... Criminality, some say, is part of Australia's national identity, and in Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags Jim Haynes profiles fifteen larger-than-life Aussie rogues - some of our greatest ne'er-do-wells from colonial times to the modern era. These stories uncover the truth and expose the myths about characters ranging from the most despicable examples of humanity, to those whose courage has to be admired and whose so-called 'crimes' were unjustly punished. This fascinating collection features felons who have sprung from Australia's underbelly since 1788, such as the infamous Kate Leigh of the razor gangs; the convict Mary Bryant, who in 1791 escaped from the Sydney penal settlement and somehow made it back to England; James Hardy Vaux, who was sent to Australia no less than three times; Henry James O'Farrell, the madman who attempted to murder Prince Alfred in Sydney in 1868; and John Leak, who was repeatedly charged with insolence, disobedience and being absent without leave in World War I - and awarded the Victoria Cross. Told with Jim's inimitable combination of history and humour, Great Australian Rascals, Rogues and Ratbags is packed with murders, mystery and miscreants: true stories of true criminals from Australia's past.

War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia

Author: Steve Proposch,Christopher Sequeira,Bryce Stevens

Publisher: Clan Destine Press

ISBN: 0648523683

Category: Fiction

Page: 298

View: 8715

Marauders from Mars War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia sheds fresh, Antipodean light on H.G. Wells' original tale in stories that traverse the southern continent. Home to the planet's longest-surviving mysteries, Australia now plays victim to marauding Martians in this outstanding collection of exciting stories set in the past, present and future. Australian Invasion It is well-known that Wells found vital inspiration for his 1897 novel in the horrific plight of Tasmanian Aboriginals who, within his lifetime, were virtually wiped out by the warfare and disease brought by foreign invaders. In Battleground Australia we discover that the war with Mars was not confined to England and did not end with all Martians destroyed by disease. In Australia some of the aliens survived and went underground, to emerge a century or more later. Best Science Fiction A Collection of Australia's best-selling literary, crime and speculative fiction writers including: Kerry Greenwood, Jack Dann, Carmel Bird, Jenny Valentish, Janeen Webb, Sean Williams, Kaaron Warren and Angela Meyer with a foreword by film director Alex Proyas (The Crow; I, Robot; Gods of Egypt)

The Big Book of Holidays and Cultural Celebrations Levels K-2

Author: Suzanne I. Barchers

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials

ISBN: 1425810462

Category: Education

Page: 298

View: 4553

Experience the magic, excitement, and happiness that surround holidays and cultural celebrations. Geared toward engaging students in grades K-2, The Big Book of Holidays and Cultural Celebrations is filled with hands-on activities, fun facts, puzzles, crafts, and brainteasers that make learning about holidays fun and easy. Each activity in this resource can be used in the classroom or at home.

Big Book of Best Short Stories: Volume 6

Author: Kathleen Norris,Charles W. Chesnutt,Don Marquis,Emma Orczy,Zona Gale,Anthony Trollope,Ellis Parker Butler,Mary Shelley,H. H. Munro,D. H. Lawrence

Publisher: Tacet Books

ISBN: 8577770672

Category: Fiction

Page: 1431

View: 3962

This book contains 70 short stories from 10 classic, prize-winning and noteworthy authors. The stories were carefully selected by the critic August Nemo, in a collection that will please the literature lovers. For more exciting titles, be sure to check out our 7 Best Short Stories and Essential Novelists collections. This book contains: - Kathleen Norris:Poor, Dear Margaret Kirby What Happened to Alanna Austin's Girl S is for Shiftless Susanna Making Allowances for Mamma Dr. Bates and Miss Sally Rising Water - Charles W. Chesnutt:The Wife of His Youth The Passing of Grandison Her Virginia Mammy The Bouquet The Sheriffs' Children The Web of Circunstance - Don Marquis:The Old Soak The Revolt of the Oyster The Professor's Awakening The Saddest Man Behind the Curtain Kale Too American - Emma Orczy:The Red Carnation The Traitor Number 187 The Trappist's Vow Juliette, a Tale of Terror The Revenge of Ur-Tasen The Glasgow Mistery - Zona Gale:Friday Sucess and Artie Cherry The Dance The Way thw World Is White Bread Human Exit Charity - Anthony Trollope:The Man Who Kept His Money in a Box The Mistletoe Bough The Parson's Daughter of Oxney Colne Returning Home An Unprotected Female at the Pyramids The Courtship of Susan Bell The Relics of General Chasse - Ellis Parker Butler:Pigs is Pigs The Hard-boiled Egg Philo Gubb's Greatest Case Solander's Radio Tomb The Thin Santa Claus Dey Ain't No Ghosts The Man Who Did Not Go to Heaven on Tuesday - Mary Shelley:The Invisible Girl The Brother and Sister The Dream Transformation The Mortal Immortal The Mourner The Swiss Peasant - Hector Hugh Munro:The Lumber Room The Open Window Sredni Vashtar Gabriel-Ernest Tobermory The Unrest-Cure Laura - D.H. Lawrence:The Rocking-Horse Winner Tickets, Please! The Odour of Chrysanthemums The Horse Dealer's Daughter Second Best The Shades of Spring The Fox

US Diplomats and Their Spouses during the Cold War

Author: Anthony J. Barker

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498591809

Category: History

Page: 377

View: 1434

This study examines 324 oral history transcripts and explains the recruitment, training, and deployment of US diplomats. Amid growing feminist hostility to Foreign Service treatment of spouses, some couples resented postings to distant Australasia but most enjoyed a welcoming English-speaking environment. While New Zealand assignments involved complex negotiations with Pacific islanders, diplomats in Australia were powerless to control the geopolitics of the Indian Ocean, including the fortification of Diego Garcia and peace negotiations threatening US Navy access to the port of Fremantle. When the Australian Labor Party won power in 1972 the vulnerability of vital military and intelligence facilities alarmed the US more than opposition to nuclear ship visits that removed New Zealand from the ANZUS alliance in the 1980s. Notable exceptions to a principal focus on diplomats below the highest ranks are Marshall and Lisa Green. After meeting John Stewart Service in post-1945 New Zealand they remained for years his loyal defenders against the assaults of McCarthyism. Lisa's interview implicitly but decisively refutes allegations that, as US ambassador to Australia, Marshall plotted the dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975. Despite persistent rumors of a CIA coup, declassified cables reveal resident US diplomats' hostility to the governor general's unprecedented action.

Climax at Gallipoli

Author: Rhys Crawley

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806145285

Category: History

Page: 385

View: 1724

Gallipoli: the mere name summons the story of this well-known campaign of the First World War. And the story of Gallipoli, where in August 1915 the Allied forces made their last valiant effort against the Turks, is one of infamous might-have-beens. If only the Allies had held out a little longer, pushed a little harder, had better luck—Gallipoli might have been the decisive triumph that knocked the Ottoman Empire out of the First World War. But the story is just that, author Rhys Crawley tells us: a story. Not only was the outcome at Gallipoli not close, but the operation was flawed from the start, and an inevitable failure. A painstaking effort to set the historical record straight, Climax at Gallipoli examines the performance of the Allies’ Mediterranean Expeditionary Force from the beginning of the Gallipoli Campaign to the bitter end. Crawley reminds us that in 1915, the second year of the war, the Allies were still trying to adapt to a new form of warfare, with static defense replacing the maneuver and offensive strategies of earlier British doctrine. In the attempt both the MEF at Gallipoli and the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front aimed for too much—and both failed. To explain why, Crawley focuses on the operational level of war in the campaign, scrutinizing planning, command, mobility, fire support, interservice cooperation, and logistics. His work draws on unprecedented research into the files of military organizations across the United Kingdom and Australia. The result is a view of the Gallipoli Campaign unique in its detail and scope, as well as in its conclusions—a book that looks past myth and distortion to the facts, and the truth, of what happened at this critical juncture in twentieth-century history.

Anzac, The Unauthorised Biography

Author: Carolyn Holbrook

Publisher: NewSouth

ISBN: 1742241816

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 4077

Raise a glass for an Anzac. Run for an Anzac. Camp under the stars for an Anzac. Is there anything Australians won’t do to keep the Anzac legend at the centre of our national story? But standing firm on the other side of the Anzac enthusiasts is a chorus of critics claiming that the appetite for Anzac is militarising our history and indoctrinating our children. So how are we to make sense of this struggle over how we remember the Great War? Anzac, the Unauthorised Biography cuts through the clamour to provide a much-needed historical perspective on the battle over Anzac. It traces how, since 1915, Australia’s memory of the Great War has declined and surged, reflecting the varied and complex history of the Australian nation itself. Most importantly, it asks why so many Australians persist with the fiction that the nation was born on 25 April 1915.