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Anzac Journeys : Returning to the Battlefields of World War Two - Bruce Scates

Anzac Journeys

Returning to the Battlefields of World War Two


Published: 1st July 2013
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Australians have been making pilgrimages to the battlefields and cemeteries of World War Two since the 1940's, from the jungles of New Guinea and South-East Asia to the mountains of Greece and the deserts of North Africa. They travel in search of the stories of lost loved ones, to mourn the dead and to come to grips with the past. With characteristic empathy, Bruce Scates charts the history of pilgrimages to Crete, Kokoda, Sandakan and Hellfire Pass. He explores the emotional resonance that these sites have for those who served and those who remember.

Based on surveys, interviews, extensive fieldwork and archival research, Anzac Journeys offers insights into the culture of loss and commemoration and the hunger for meaning so pivotal to the experience of pilgrimage. Richly illustrated with full-colour maps and photographs from the 1940s to today, Anzac Journeys makes an important and moving contribution to Australian military history.

About the Author

Bruce Scates, Professor of History and Australian Studies at Monash University is one of Australia's most respected historians.

'Why do Australians pick at the scab of war memory? Bruce Scates explains, in a nice blend of empathetic and analytical.' Professor Peter Stanley, University of New South Wales

Part I. Captivity Narratives:

1. 'If only I knew what became of him': the loss of Australia's prisoners of war

2. 'Witness to war': the first journeys'

3. 'Bring up the bodies': commemorating our war dead;

4. 'Unspeakable histories': from Singapore to Hellfire Pass

5. 'The death march': journeys back to Sandakan

Part II. Desert and Island:

6. 'Death in the desert': North Africa

7. 'A post war dream': Greece and Crete

Part III. Air and Sea:

8. Seeking the unknown: remembering the Sydney

9. 'Journeys into night': bomber command

Part IV. Australia's frontline:

10. Walking the trail: Kokoda

11. 'A city at war': Darwin.

ISBN: 9781107020672
ISBN-10: 1107020670
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st July 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 1.0