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No Front Line : Australian special forces at war in Afghanistan - Chris Masters

No Front Line

Australian special forces at war in Afghanistan

Paperback Published: 25th October 2017
ISBN: 9781760111144
Number Of Pages: 608

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Australia's foremost investigative journalist goes deep into the heart of our Special Forces long war in Afghanistan.

The soldiers of the SAS, the Commandos and Special Operations Engineer Regiment are Australia's most highly trained soldiers. Their work is often secret, their bravery undeniable and for thirteen years they were at the forefront of Australia's longest war. Shunning acclaim, they are the Australian Defence Forces' brightest and best skilled.

In an extraordinary investigation undertaken over ten years, Chris Masters opens up the heart of Australia's Special Forces and their war in Afghanistan. He gives voice to the soldiers, he takes us to the centre of some of the fiercest combat Australia has ever experienced and provides the most intimate examination of what it is like to be a member of this country's elite fighting forces. But he also asks difficult questions that reveal controversial clouds hanging over our Special Operations mission in Afghanistan.

For Australia, there is no more important war to examine in detail. Afghanistan lives in our recent past and will continue to occupy our future. Masterfully told, No Front Line will find a place as one of Australia's finest books on contemporary soldiering.

About the Author

Chris Masters is a powerful force in Australian journalism. In 1985, he won Australia's most prestigious award in journalism, the Gold Walkley, for his Four Corners report on the sinking of the Rainbow Warrior. His reports 'The Big League' and 'The Moonlight State' both led to royal commissions that helped transform the nation. He is the author of the bestselling Jonestown (2006). His most recent book is the critically acclaimed Uncommon Soldier.

With a friend like Masters a combat soldier needs no enemies


As a veteran, I believe that Masters betrays the trust of the soldiers

Melbourne, Victoria


A fascinating insight to the harsh reality of war!


Excellent in appreciating the difficulty of mounting and coordinating the fight against, and identifying members of, terrorist organisations. A harsh journey alongside gallant soldiers in an unforgiving, and seriously dangerous, environment.

Adelaide Sth. Aust.



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PART I: The First Phase

PART II: The First Interregnum

PART III: The Short Haul

PART IV: The Second Interregnum

PART V: The Long Haul


PART VII: Transition

PART VIII: Retrograde




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ISBN: 9781760111144
ISBN-10: 1760111147
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 25th October 2017
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 0.84

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