Long, Gavin.


Vol. I in the series, complete by itself. Canberra, rep., (with corrections) 1961. Xiv + 336 pp., photo & other plates, maps, some cold. D.j., 24 x 16cm. Small blemish to rear of price-clipped d.j., o/w Nr.FINE. This volume, the first of seven in the army series of the official history of Australia in World War II, carries the story of the Second A.I.F. up to the end of the operations in Cyrenaica in the first quarter of 1941. It briefly tells the story of the Australian Army from 1919 to 1939 and describes the raising of an expeditionary force for service in Hitler's war. It discusses some of the problems encountered by the commanders in the Middle East in 1940 and the defeat of the Italian army in Cyrencia by the 7th Armoured Division is covered in detail based on many contemporary accounts and records. Finally the question whether the British political leaders in February 1941 missed a golden opportunity of marching on to Tripoli and securing great strategical gains is examined in the light of previously unpublished documents from both sides.

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