Australia 1st ed., 1975. 233 pp., frontis., + photo-plates + maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Some typical fading to the red lettering on the spine of the d.j., o/w FINE. Published in full, the author’s personal diary from January to August 1918 giving immediacy to his account of the decisive part in the defence of the Channel ports in France in 1918 by the Australian soldier, at a time when British 2nd and 5th Armies were near collapse following the German Spring Offensive. This was a chapter of Australian military history that was previously neglected. Told with authority by a Victoria Cross winner, the author summarizes the final days of World War I and, in an epilogue, relates some of his experiences of the British warmth towards Australian servicemen in the immediate post-war period.