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The Fight for Australia : From Changi and Darwin to Kokoda - Our Battle for Survival in World War II - Roland Perry

The Fight for Australia

From Changi and Darwin to Kokoda - Our Battle for Survival in World War II


Published: 25th March 2014
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The compelling story of Australia's desperate fight for survival during World War II.

In the dark days following the fall of Singapore in Februrary 1942, Australia faced its toughest battle yet. It was centrestage and under direct attack from seemingly invincible Japanese forces. Winston Churchill was demanding our best battle-hardened troops stay in North Africa while President Roosevelt called for them to fight the Japanese in Burma. But Prime Minister John Curtin insisted, in an act of defiance, that they return to defend their homeland. Australia had never been more isolated strategically, politically and physically. Or less prepared.

In this masterful and gripping account, Roland Perry brings to life the bravery of our fellow Australians: from the forces engaged in brutal frontline fighting in the jungle, sea and air, to the backroom strategic campaigns waged by our politicians, and the sacrifices made on the home front.

THE FIGHT FOR AUSTRALIA is the rich and revealing story of how we, as a nation, fought for our very survival and stood up for our interests, against friend and foe alike.


About the Author

Roland Perry is the author of such bestselling books at THE DON, the biography of Don Bradman (soon to be reissued), THE AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE, MONASH, THE CHANGI BROWNLOW, BILL THE BASTARD (Allen & Unwin) and HORRIE THE WAR DOG (Allen & Unwin). He lives in Melbourne.


Essential reading for war historians


This book has been well researched and is well written. It is highly informative about Australia's involvement in the Pacific war from 1941 to 1945, and provides evidence of the friction between the Australian and British governments in late 1941 and during 1942.

Canberra, AU


A book that should be read by all.


A book that should be read by all especially the younger generation. I learn't a lot that I didn't know about Australia's involvement during the second world war. A heart breaking but essential book that should be read at home as well as in high schools.

sydney, AU



4.5 2


I can unashamedly recommend this very readable book, particularly as it fills in a major gap in Australia's history. - Major General Jim Barry (retired), Defence Reserves Association National President

ISBN: 9780733632778
ISBN-10: 0733632777
Series: Hachette Military Collec
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 25th March 2014
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.2  x 3.9
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1