The war letters of Arthur Alan Mitchell 1939-45.
At the outbreak of the Second World War, Alan Mitchell was a foreman at McPherson's bolt factory in Richmond. Eileen Griffin was a typist at the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission. They had just met. He was 23 and she was 19.
In 1940, he joined the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, trained at Puckapunyal, fought the French in Syria and the Japanese in Java, and then suffered as a prisoner of the Japanese on the Burma Railroad. Alan survived the war and came home. He and Eileen married and the rest is history.
The Moon Seems Upside Down is Alan and Eileen's story. It is a story of love and war told through the letters of Alan to Eileen. The letters are tender and funny, detailed and well-observed. They provide a unique insight into what the Second World War was like for Australian soldiers, and those who waited for them back home.
Abbreviations and glossary
1 Melbourne University Rifles: November 1939-March 1940
2 Puckapunyal, physical training instructor: June-July 1940
3 Puckapunyal, a budding Hannibal: July-September 1940
4 Puckapunyal, bivouacs and exercises: October-November 1940
5 Goulburn Valley route march: November 1940
6 Last letters from Puckapunyal: December 1940-February 1941
7 On the move: February-April 1941
8 Queen Mary: April 1941
9 Palestine: May-June 1941
10 The Syrian campaign: June-July 1941
11 Army of occupation: July-August 1941
12 Syria: cadre: August-September 1941
13 Damascus: September 1941
14 Trucks: October-December 1941
15 Haifa and Jerusalem: December 1941
16 Winter quarters: December 1941-January 1942
17 To the rescue: January-February 1942
18 Java: February-March 1942
19 Prisoner: March 1942-August 1945
20 Free: September-October 1945
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1st April 1995
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1