Created especially for the Australian customer!The simple and easy way to get your mind around Australia's military historyMore people are visiting Gallipoli and walking the Kokoda Trail each year now find out why. This complete guide helps you trace the story of Australia's involvement in war, from the colonial conflicts with the Indigenous population, through the World Wars to peacekeeping initiatives in East Timor and the controversial conflict in Afghanistan.Find out the origins of Australia's military history go all the way back to the arrival of the First Fleet and the conflicts with the Indigenous peoplesLearn about the heroism of the Anzacs discover the origins of the legend of Gallipoli, and how the brass bungled the campaignDiscover the horrors of war consider the suffering and huge losses on the Western FrontRecognise the successful battles of World Wars I and II follow the Diggers' exploits in Palestine and Syria, and at Tobruk and AlameinMarvel at the grim jungle battles track the Diggersthrough New Guinea, Borneo, Malaya and Vietnam between 1942 and 1972Admire Australia's efforts to repel possible invaders learn how Australians defended their country against the Japanese during World War IISee how the Cold War heated up witness the fight against communism in the Korean and Vietnam WarsAppreciate the modern-day Australian Defence Force acknowledge the courage of the men and women who protectus into the 21st centuryOpen the book and find:New insights into the meaning of Anzac DaySimple explanations of the structure of Australia's militaryDetails of who fought whom, where, when and whyStories of Australia's great military fighters and leadersAccounts of the iconic battles that established Australia's reputationLocations of Australia's peacekeeping operations around the worldWays in which war and conflict have shaped the nationReasons why Australia goes to warLearn to:Comprehend the impact of waron AustraliaAppreciate the heroism at AnzacCove and other significant battlefieldsUnderstand the controversies ofrecent conflicts, including in Vietnam and Iraq

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