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At the front line : experiences of Australian soldiers in World War II

Author: Mark Johnston
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At the Front Line draws on a plethora of letters, diaries and documents written by over 300 Australian soldiers in the field to present a picture of the hardships and triumphs of their wartime experience. Mark Johnston analyses the suffering of front-line soldiers caused not only by the opposing force, but also by the conditions imposed by their own army. The book details the physical and psychological pressures of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, Australian
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Johnston
ISBN: 0521560373 9780521560375
OCLC Number: 34244199
Description: xx, 261 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. The Front Line: 1. The unnatural life at the front; 2. Experiences of fear and death; 3. Major sources of front-line stress; 4. When fear became unbearable; 5. Taking the strains of the front line; Part II. The Army Way: 6. Callous bigwigs and boredom; 7. Army muck-ups; 8. Resentment of inequality; 9. Discipline and making the most of army life; Part III. Mates: 10. A band of brothers?; Aftermath and conclusions; Appendix A: Who fought where; Appendix B: Statistical comparisons.
Other Titles: Experiences of Australian soldiers in World War II
Responsibility: Mark Johnston.
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This moving book examines Australian front-line soldiers' reactions to their ordeal in World War II. Based on the letters and diaries of more than 300 soldiers, its focus is the stress they faced and  Read more...

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"This is an extremely worthwhile study of an army..." R. Higham, Choice "Johnston's discussion of the sources of stress on battlefields...is both scholarly and moving. It would be useful for any Read more...

 
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