Topic : "Australians at war "

Books about Australians at war

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Image currently unavailable 5602 : Alice and the Apple Blossom Fair by Bell, Davina & Masciullo, Lucia (ill)
It's 1918 and Alice has never felt lonelier. Her father is missing at sea, her brother, Teddy, is away at war and she's not allowed to speak to her best friend anymore. Alice tries to forget her worries by having a stall at the Apple Blossom Fair. But, when strange events start happening in the town, everything goes wrong. Alice just wants the war to be over and for her life to be the same again.
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No book cover. 25945 : Amazing facts about Australia's early settlers by Parish, Steve & Cox, Karin
Australia is home to both an ancient, Indigenous culture and a young European influence. While their coexistence has been far from peaceful, both groups have proven to be tenacious, resourceful and resilient. Australia is the only country founded solely to contain convicts.
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Image currently unavailable 53254 : Angel of Kokoda by Wilson, Mark
Kari knows a lot about his jungle home but he doesn't know why there is fighting in the village of Kokoda. When Kari finds a wounded Australian soldier, he knows he cannot leave him. They must retreat along the Kokoda Track with the enemy following.
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Image currently unavailable 5318 : Animal heroes by Hill, Anthony
Short stories about animals involved in Australian armed conflicts, from WWI to more recent times. The animals display bravery under fire, mateship and loyalty, the same attributes shown by the ANZACs.
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Image currently unavailable 59878 : Anzac biscuits by Cummings, Phil & Swan, Owen (ill)
A young father is away at war, his wife and daughter waiting at home, sometimes making Anzac biscuits. Life at war is grey and cold, but opening the tin of biscuits from home brings comfort.
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Image currently unavailable 20 : Anzacs at Gallipoli: a story for Anzac Day, The by Pugsley, Chris & Lockyer, John
An account of the military campaign at Gallipoli during World War One, and the consequences for Australia.
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No book cover. 7083 : Archie's letter: an Anzac Day story by Flanagan, Martin & Walters, Ainsley (ill)
The story of an ordinary man who went to fight in World War II. It tells how he dealt with his wartime experiences, how, at the age of ninety one, he agreed to meet a group of elderly Japanese women interested in world peace, and how he could never forget the young men who were with him during the war and who didn't come back.
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Image currently unavailable 20752 : Battlefield: one boy's war by Tucker, Alan
Barry Blacker is desperate to join the army like his older brother Jack, who is in a Japanese POW camp. He practises drills on the family farm in Cowra and spies on the Japanese prisoners in the camp nearby. When some of the prisoners escape, Barry's attempt to be a hero has devastating consequences.
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Image currently unavailable 18998 : Blue-eyed Aborigine, The by Hayes, Rosemary
After the shipwreck of the Batavia off Western Australia in 1629, a cabin boy and a soldier were involved in a grisly, notorious mutiny. Most mutineers were hanged but the two men were marooned on the mainland, becoming Australia's first European settlers. No trace of them was ever found. Later European explorers reported seeing Aboriginal Australians with blue eyes. This novel suggests what might have happened in between. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
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Image currently unavailable 33112 : Click go the shears by Ingpen, Robert (ill)
The Australian song is probably the most wide spread and enduring of the old-time shearers' songs. The tune came from an American Civil War song, Ring the Bell, Watchman, and was written by Henry Lawson. The song was first published in written format in 1946 and versions don't seem to differ much. The version in this book is as sung by A L Lloyd in the 1950s.
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Image currently unavailable 40861 : Creforce: the Anzacs and the battle of Crete by Tzobanakis, Stella
In 1941, Germany launched an airborne invasion of Crete, expecting to meet little resistance from the Allies. But, they were mistaken. Australian, New Zealand and Greek soldiers, and the people of Crete, battled for ten days and the bonds between the Anzac and the Cretans have lasted for generations. War violence included.
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Image currently unavailable 96287 : Dangerous days: the true story of a digger's great escape by Brough, Ernest
At nineteen, Ern signs up for the army to fight with the ANZACs. By twenty two, he is a prisoner of war. Ern and his mates are determined to escape and join their comrades in war.
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Image currently unavailable 25920 : Day to remember, A by French, Jackie & Wilson, Mark (ill)
A moving look at the history of Australia's and New Zealand's involvement in warfare through the lens of a single day - Anzac Day - revisited on notable years between 1915 and 2012.
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Image currently unavailable 3020 : Donkey who carried the wounded, The by French, Jackie
An inspiring read about the famous partnership of Simpson and his donkey. Written in the voices of Jack and the donkey, their story, and the horrors and comradeship, of Gallipoli, come to life.
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Image currently unavailable 1247 : Evan's Gallipoli by Greenwood, Kerry
Evan is 14 when his father decides they should deliver some comforting goods to the Allied soldiers. They are ill-prepared for the danger, horrors and hardship they will encounter at war.
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Image currently unavailable 49269 : Fair dinkum war, The by Cox, David
A look at life in Australia through the eyes of a primary school boy during World War II. The excitement of seeing the American soldiers and tanks, the concept of black-outs, bomb shelters and ration coupons are explained.
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Image currently unavailable 53305 : Feathered soldiers by Farrer, Vashti & Small, Mary & Alger, Elizabeth (ill)
Pigeons may be taken for granted but they have played a very important part particularly for Australia during World War II. One pigeon flew sixty-four kilometres in fifty minutes through a storm to save a shipload of ammunition. Amusing drawings highlight fascinating facts and true stories in this illustrated tribute to Australia's wartime messenger pigeons.
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No book cover. 1932 : Forgotten pearl, The by Murrell, Belinda
When Chloe visits her Grandma Poppy, she learns just how close the Second World War came to destroying her family. In 1941, Poppy lived in Darwin, far from the war. When Japan attacked, everything Poppy held dear was threatened. Her brother was taken prisoner-of-war and her home town became a war zone. Poppy and her mother fled to Sydney, only to find that the danger followed them there.
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Image currently unavailable 3978 : Fromelles: Australia's bloodiest day at war by Wilkinson, Carole
The first shots were fired at eleven am on 19 July 1916. The Battle of Fromelles lasted less than twenty-four hours and, when it was over, more than five thousand Australian soldiers had been killed, wounded or taken prisoner. More soldiers died at Fromelles than in the Boer, Korean and Vietnam wars combined. Almost a century later, the attention of the world has once again turned to Fromelles. Usually read by students in Years 9,10 or above.
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Image currently unavailable 9799 : Harry's war by Heffernan, John
A mystery surrounds Harry's late father, a Vietnam veteran. Grandfather knows but he won't say, and no-one in Harry's family wants to have anything to do with Grandpa. Harry spends a lot of time recording Grandpa's memories of heroic action in World War ll. After Grandpa addresses Harry's class at school, the mystery is solved, leaving Harry devastated. Some adult themes and coarse language in context. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 or above.
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Image currently unavailable 8826 : Heroes of the Kokoda track by Brasch, Nicolas
In 1942, a World War II campaign between Australia and Japan occurred on a track, the Kokoda Trail. The track begins in Kokoda, in Papua New Guinea, and winds its way through rugged mountains towards Port Moresby. The Kokoda Track is only one hundred kilometres long but the tropical conditions made it a mudslide. Australian troops were ill-equipped and unprepared, and completely outnumbered.
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Image currently unavailable 65776 : Heroes of Tobruk by Mulligan, David
When World War II is declared in 1939, Peter and his friend, Tony, put their ages up and enlist in the Australian army. Written as diary entries, giving a gripping and informative insight into their experiences in the Middle East, particularly at Tobruk. Provides a clear picture of the challenges and horrors of war. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
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Image currently unavailable 7004 : Hunting elephants by Roy, James
Harry and his family head out to the country for Uncle Frank's fourth wedding. Family tensions are high and there is mystery about his uncle's experiences in the Vietnam War. Harry also has his own scars and issues to deal with around the death of his brother. A story about finding truth in unlikely places and moving on.
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No book cover. 129366 : Just soldiers by Kelly, Darryl
Stories of ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things during the Great War, 1914-1918. In 1914, Australia had a population of fewer than 5 million, yet 300,000 from all walks of life volunteered to fight. Through these stories, based on fact, the author has endeavoured to capture the essence of those who served Australia. As in life, not all were heroes.
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Image currently unavailable 3529 : Last Anzacs: lest we forget, The by Stephens, Tony & Siewat, Steven
The personal stories of the last eighteen surviving veterans of the Gallipoli campaign. Almost ninety years after the commencement of World War I, we still support a march in honour of the ANZACs and respect their spirit.
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Image currently unavailable 24023 : Little paradise by Wang, Gabrielle
In Melbourne, in 1943, Mirabel is seventeen. She's leaving school, designing drsses and falling in love. Then, fate intervenes, her forbidden affair is discovered and JJ is posted back to China where a civil war is raging. Despite all warnings, Mirabel sets off for Shanghai and travels through great danger to find her true love. Usually read by students in Years 9, 10 and above.
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Image currently unavailable 236 : Longest war, The by Antle, Nancy
Told from the perspective of the elder of two daughters, this novel deals with the emotional struggle of an ex-Vietnam War nurse, and the ongoing impact of the war on her family.
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Image currently unavailable 39914 : M is for mates: animals in wartime from Ajax to Zep by Department of Veterans' Affairs & Australian War Memorial
Without the service of animals, many more Australians would have lost their lives during wartime. This intriguing book presents information about food, equipment, battle environments, war propaganda, uniforms, symbols and transport. Filled with authentic photos, wartime anecdotes and strange but true facts.
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Image currently unavailable 3047 : My Australian story: a tale of two families, the diary of Jan Packard, Melbourne, 1974 by Pausacker, Jenny
Set in the seventies, Jan Packard is a Melbourne thirteen year old growing up in changing times. She discovers the sexual revolution, politics, the anti-Vietnam moratorium, the impact of war service, boys and that parents are fallible and human.
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Image currently unavailable 51036 : My Australian story: my father's war by Masson, Sophie
Marie's dad has been away for two years, fighting on the Somme battlefields in northern France. There hasn't been any word from him for months, no letters or postcards. Marie and her mother decide to travel to France, to try and find out what has happened to him. Marie experiences first-hand what war is like, as she tries to piece together the clues behind her dad's disappearance.
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Image currently unavailable 73786 : My mother's eyes: the story of a boy soldier by Wilson, Mark
William was only 16 years old when he enlisted for the First World War. Like many other under-age boys at the time, he was accepted into the Australian Imperial Force and sent to the battlefields of France. His letters home from the front reveal how, for the boy soldiers, the 'great adventure' became a tragedy.
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Image currently unavailable 860 : Peacetime for Alice by Bell, Davina
Alice's mother is sick and everyone fears she might have the dreaded Spanish Influenza. To distract herself, Alice begins to dance again but becomes frustrated at how difficult she finds it. When the family celebrates Papa Sir's life and plants a tree at King's Park, Alice's brother, Teddy, makes a surprise announcement. But, an even bigger shock awaits Alice when someone from the past returns with the power to change her future and make her dreams come true.
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Image currently unavailable 31244 : Promise, The by Guille, Derek & Kaff-eine (ill)
Australian soldier Nelson Ferguson was wounded in battle by poison gas which damaged his eyes and lungs. These injuries were made worse because Nelson was an artist and a cornet player. After he died many years later, Nelson's grandson wanted to ensure Australians remembered what happened to thousands of young soldiers in World War 1.
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Image currently unavailable 70369 : Red haze: Australians and New Zealanders in Vietnam by Davidson, Leon
A balanced view of the Vietnam War is presented but it does not tell the whole story, nor does it pretend to. For mature students, the book has evocative and harrowing descriptions of war, the role of the allied soldiers and the tactics of the Vietcong.
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Image currently unavailable 15366 : Running man, The by Bauer, Michael Gerard
When a young artistic boy is asked to draw a portrait of his neighbour, a disabled Vietnam veteran, the neighbours gossip. An uneasy relationship begins to unfold, one that will force the boy and the veteran to confront their darkest secrets, secrets of violence and abuse.
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Image currently unavailable 1067 : Running wild by Morpurgo, Michael
For ten year old Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn't just a holiday, it's a chance to put things behind them. At first, it seems just what they both need but, then, the tsunami comes crashing in. Oona, the elephant, that Will is riding on the beach, begins to run. When the tsunami has gone, Oona keeps on running. With only a bottle of water to sustain him, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle.
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Image currently unavailable 367 : Soldier on the hill by French, Jackie
A story about life in country Australia in World War II. Joey finds a Japanese soldier but no-one believes him.
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Image currently unavailable 49319 : Vietnam diary by Wilson, Mark
Jason's grandfather fought on the Western Front, his father fought at Kokoda and now Jason has received his conscription letter, called up to Vietnam. His training and war experience in Vietnam are explored through pictures and letters.
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No book cover. 8712 : War's end by Bowen, Victoria
Dad is finally on his way home from The Great War. Everyone, especially Mum, is excited and full of plans for the homecoming and the future. Twelve year old Nell barely remembers Dad but when Spanish Influenza hits Perth, delaying his return, Nell begins to understand the gap in the family his absence has created.
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Image currently unavailable 4592 : When the hipchicks went to war by Rushby, Pamela
The sixties are in full swing and, for sixteen year old Kathy, it's all about miniskirts, the Beatles and her fab new boots. But, the world is rapidly changing, her brother is fighting in the Vietnam War and her best friend is protesting against it. When the chance comes to dance with an entertainment troop in Vietnam, Kathy slips on her boots and leaves her convent school. She soon finds the reality of war is no song and dance.
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Image currently unavailable 59493 : World War 1: 1914 - 1918 by Brasch, Nicolas
See history through the eyes of the everyday Australians who lived it, featuring interviews, diary and journal entries, newspaper articles and official documents, sometimes presenting differing points of view.
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No book cover. 4561 : World War II and post-war recovery 1939-1949 by Barrett, Rees
Explore the fascinating story of Australia, from its ancient Indigenous past to the present day, through the biographies of significant people. Find out how these people brought important changes to Australian society through their knowledge, actions or achievements.
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