An unputdownable account of the courage and bravery under fire of our Australian soldiers on the frontline - from WWII to Afghanistan. From Gallipoli to Afghanistan, many Australians have been awarded military honours for acts of selfless courage.Others have missed out. Bestselling author Ian McPhedran uncovers new stories of extreme bravery in action from WWII to today, and hears from those on the front line about what courage really means.
Some of these stories, including Medals for Gallantry awarded in the face of the enemy in East timor and Afghanistan, are quite extraordinary. this book also explores why some become national heroes and others are overlooked.
About the Author
Ian McPhedran is the Sydney based national defence writer for News Limited. He has been a journalist all his working life and has covered conflicts in Burma, Somalia, Cambodia, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq.In 1993 he won a United Nations Association peace media award and in 1999 the Walkley award for best news report for his expose of the navy's Collins class submarine fiasco.His first book, The Amazing SAS: the inside story of Australia's special forces, is a national best seller. McPhedran lives in Balmain with his wife Verona and daughter Lucy.