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On the Warpath : An Anthology of Australian Military Travel - Robin Gerster

On the Warpath

An Anthology of Australian Military Travel

By: Robin Gerster (Editor), Peter Pierce (Editor)

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The cultural bridge that war has formed between Australia and the world is discussed in this important anthology. From the Sudan in 1885 to Afghanistan in 2001, these lively essays connect war and travel in the observations of writers such as "Banjo" Paterson, George Johnston, Nancy Wake, John Pilger, and Peter Weir. A combination of writings from combatants abroad and retrospective travelers to foreign battlefields and war site reveals how the experience of war has broadened, refined, and even distorted Australian views of the world.

"'Between them, Robin Gerster and Peter Pierce are authorities on travel, war and literature. Their formidable talents are splendidly combined in this brilliantly conceived collection, which memorably evokes the pathos, humour, high drama, farce and tragedy of the "warpath".' Brian Matthews; 'Armistice Day in Paris, syphilis in Cairo, escape from Singapore. On the Warpath presents dispatches from arenas of war, told by men and - unusually - women, of Australia's military forces, that are sometimes terrible, often politically incorrect, but always compelling. Vivid reporting.' Pamela Bone"

Australians 'over there'p. 1
Out in the Soudanp. 24
'Those Sudan daysp. 27
'The arrival of the New South Wales troops in South Africa'p. 31
The Boer war : a perspective from the Glen Innes examiner, 1899-1902p. 37
Australia at the front : a colonial view of the Boer warp. 40
Tommy Cornstalkp. 43
'Experiences of a Victorian nurse in South Africa'p. 50
Happy dispatchesp. 57
A single flamep. 72
The grey battalionp. 79
'Over there' with the Australiansp. 82
What to know in Egypt : a guide for Australian soldiersp. 85
By-ways on service : notes from an Australian journalp. 89
'A Bedouin garden'p. 97
The Australian imperial force in Sinai and Palestine 1914-1918p. 100
Tucker sees Indiap. 103
A woman's experiences in the Great Warp. 107
Flesh in armourp. 112
War lettersp. 116
The middle parts of fortune : Somme & Ancre 1916p. 121
Hell's bells and mademoisellesp. 128
Trooper to the southern crossp. 132
My brother Jackp. 148
We were the ratsp. 151
The twenty thousand thievesp. 162
'Isle of content'p. 168
Matilda waltzes with the Tommiesp. 171
In the arms of the Japanesep. 175
Into the smotherp. 178
'New Guinea : the twilight war'p. 189
Green armourp. 192
A kind of cattlep. 199
The autobiography of the woman the Gestapo called the White Mousep. 206
'Tourist with Haiku'p. 212
Korean diary : a journey to Japan and Korea in 1950p. 232
The tall manp. 237
Heroesp. 241
When the buffalo fightp. 244
House of love : life in a Vietnamese hospitalp. 247
In good company : one man's war in Vietnamp. 252
The odd angry shotp. 256
'A holiday at the war'p. 259
A dirty little warp. 267
Our woman in Kabulp. 275
Crosses of sacrificep. 285
'Gallipoli pilgrimage - 1965'p. 287
'Gallipoli - the idea'p. 294
'Beaucoup Australians ici'p. 296
No moon tonightp. 301
'Travelling in memories'p. 304
Tarakan : an Australian tragedyp. 307
Too many menp. 310
Legless in Ginzap. 316
Again Koreap. 322
Ceremony at Lang Nhop. 326
Not going to Vietnam : journeys through two warsp. 333
'Open for business'p. 338
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780522850871
ISBN-10: 0522850871
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st April 2004
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1