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Keep Off the Skyline : Story of Ron Cashman and the Diggers in Korea - Peter Dr. Thompson

Keep Off the Skyline

Story of Ron Cashman and the Diggers in Korea

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Published: 19th March 2004
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Keep off the skyline was Ron Cashman's watchword in wartime Korea when a silhouette on the horizon invariably meant sudden death. It helped to keep him alive in confronting a vigilant and dangerous enemy for almost two years of armed conflict. And he has applied the same phrase ever since, through another fifty turbulent years. The Korean War has been central to Ron Cashman's life and it is the central theme of the book.

The Korean War is ritually referred to in the Australian media as The Forgotten War, yet it was never well enough known to be forgotten. How many Australians have ever been familiar with the Kapyong Valley, Little Gibraltar, Maryang San or The Hook? Very few, we believe. These were scenes of Australian heroism and Australian sacrifice that deserve their place in the public mind among the easily recognisable battle grounds of the two World Wars. It is by any measure a fascinating tale of war and post-war chaos; a compelling narrative of front line exposure to an almost indestructible enemy and a horrifying descent into psychological terror.

It is the story of a soldier who joined B Company as a rookie in the middle of savage firefight; who was wounded in action three times; who killed men in hand-to-hand combat; and who, in a brief interlude between long periods of barbaric trench warfare, met and fell in love with the woman who would see him through not only the armed conflict, but its unexpected aftermath.

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      4.0

      Korean war- we were there.

      By Flower Mich

      from Melbourne.

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        Historical, factual account from a soldier who was there.
        This is a good looking book, includes good photographs, is easy to read, very interesting, and really fills a gap in my knowledge of Australian Defence History. But it's not just for history buffs.

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          Great Value, fast postage, will use again

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          5.0

          exceptional. Not your usual war story

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              About the Authors
              Authors' Note

              Prologue

              Chapter 1: The boy from Swan Lake
              Chapter 2: Olwyn's broken dream
              Chapter 3: The dragon's teeth
              Chapter 4: Teenage soldier
              Chapter 5: At the front
              Chapter 6: Wounded in action
              Chapter 7: A Koren Christmas
              Chapter 8: The razor's edge
              Chapter 9: Killer buffalo
              Chapter 10: A deadly good deed
              Chapter 11: Sydney's Betty Grable
              Chapter 12: Korea's unsung heroes
              Chapter 13: The lone gunner
              Chapter 14: Saving Tubby Ballard Chapter 15: The Bloody Hook
              Chapter 16: Love and marriage
              Chapter 17: War without an end
              Chapter 18: Above the morning mist

              Endnotes
              Index

              ISBN: 9781740310833
              ISBN-10: 1740310837
              Audience: General
              Format: Paperback
              Language: English
              Number Of Pages: 224
              Published: 19th March 2004
              Country of Publication: AU
              Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.0
              Weight (kg): 0.43
              Edition Number: 1