Desert Boys: Australians at War from Beersheba to Tobruk and El Alamein

Desert Boys: Australians at War from Beersheba to Tobruk and El Alamein


By (author) Peter Rees


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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Hardback | 720 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 239mm x 69mm | 1,179g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: St Leonards
  • ISBN 10: 174114292X
  • ISBN 13: 9781741142921
  • Sales rank: 404,568

Product description

More than 2,200 Australians died in the desert campaigns in WWI, while another 3,500 died in the desert and Mediterranean campaigns in WWII. Thousands more carried the wounds of war for the rest of their lives. Countless more were the families who mourned them. A ripple effect of grief passed down the generations. This is the story of Australia's desert wars as never before told. Using letters, diaries, interviews and unpublished memoirs, Desert Boys provides a powerful insight into the thoughts, feelings and experiences of two generations of Australian soldiers. In many cases these were fathers and sons going to successive wars with all the tragedy, adventure and hardship that brought. These are extraordinary stories of bravery and hope, of mateship and adversity a very long way from home.

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Author information

Peter Rees is the author of Other Anzacs, The Boy from Boree Creek, Killing Juanita and Tim Fischer's Outback Heroes.