Osprey's examination of the Australian army and its involvement in World War II (1939-1945). The Australian infantry were amongst the Commonwealth's toughest and most widely traveled infantry, serving in campaigns including Syria, Greece, Cyprus, Crete, Libya, Egypt, New Guinea, and the South West Pacific. Their fearsome fighting reputation was earned first against the Afrika Corps in the Libyan Desert, and then in the hellish conditions of New Guinea, where they held out against the Japanese invasion.
Written by a leading expert on the subject and coupled with previously unpublished photographs from private collections and specially commissioned artwork, this book gives a comprehensive overview of the organization, units, uniforms, and insignia of the Australian "Diggers.
About the Author
Mark Johnston was born in 1960. He has written five books and numerous articles on the Australian Army in World War II. He also has a doctorate on that topic from the University of Melbourne. He is currently the Head of History at Scotch College, Melbourne. The author lives in Melbourne, Australia.
"... a well-researched book ... with information on all its campaigns ... aimed at the history buff or the figure modeler who wants to re-create detailed scale figures of WWII Australian soldiers and their equipment." -Cliff Hutchings, Toy Soldier & Model Figure (April 2008)
"Mark Johnston's The Australian Army in World War II joins others in the 'Elite' series for military libraries, considering the organization and deployment of one of the most significant fighting armies of the war. While plenty of World War II titles provide overviews of the army, this is the item of choice for any seeking depth and detail, with original wartime black and white photos from all fronts adding illustration and enhancing color plates of uniforms and gear." -California Bookwatch (August 2007)
"Overall an interesting read, and a must-have for modellers and history buffs alike if only to give an insight into a small countries' sometimes large contributions to many chapters of the eventual Allied victory." -Bradley J, Armorama(August 2007)
"Throughout there are superb period photographs and the excellent illustrations of Carlos Chagas, which really help bring to life the way these men looked when in combat. An overall outstanding reference on World War 2 Aussie troops and their equipment. One that the enthusiast simply has to have in his reference library." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com (July 2007)