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            Me and the Cottonwood Tree: An Untethered Boyhood
             

            Me and the Cottonwood Tree: An Untethered Boyhood (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Bryce, Herb

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            Chock-full of unbelievable stories, Me and the Cottonwood Tree will enchant readers with the hilarious misadventures of young Herb growing up during some of the most pivotal times in America. From getting stuck in the family outhouse, to buying a donkey as a pet, to creating a gi...ant fireball out of burning Christmas trees, you'll be taken along for a wild ride full of hysterical stories of Herb growing up through some of America's most influential moments in history. Set in Arizona and California from 1933 to 1950, this is the story of one boy's untethered childhood. Herb Bryce grew up as part of a large Mormon family, moving frequently from town to town and house to house. In each new home, Herb learns valuable lessons...and often gets into heaps of mischief along the way. Jump back to a time when kids were given freedom not often allowed to children today--roaming fields and forests, having adventures, and learning about how to create adventure right outside your door.
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            ISBN 9781734388503
            Released AU 17 Apr 2020
            Publisher Herb Bryce
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            Tides of Kawhia: 2020
              

            Tides of Kawhia: 2020 (Paperback, New edition)

            By O'Connor, Tom

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            Crammed with fascinating historical details, this novel introduces the reader to the enigmatic figure of Te Rau-paraha. In the late eighteenth century, Kawhia is the prosperous heart of the people of Ngati Toarangatira. But, beyond the borders ominous changes threaten to drive th...e iwi from their coastal stronghold. In the north, Nga Puhi acquire muskets, and to the east the Waikato tribes cast envious eyes on the bountiful wa-ters and forests of Kawhia. Into this mix the child Maui Potiki is born. He is later called Te Rauparaha ? a name that today ripples down the pages of New Zealand his- tory. The young Te Rauparaha uses his wits, courage and audacity to become a military strategist, accom-plished politician and tribal leader. Sharing his exploits is Te Rou Rou, born into slavery who, like the young man of rank, uses intelligence to improve his status in the often dangerous tribal life of the time. When simmering animosities between the inland peoples explode into all-out-war, hundreds of warriors are left on the battlefield. In Tides of Kawhia, deadly fights and ancient Maori ritual mingle with delicate poetry and an impetuous hot-blooded people, bringing to life a period of history and a society unknown to many.
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            ISBN 9780995121935
            Published AU 1 May 2020
            Publisher John Douglas Publishing
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            Series Te Rauparaha's life
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            On Our Doorstep: When Australia Faced the Threat of Invasion by the Japanese
             

            On Our Doorstep: When Australia Faced the Threat of Invasion by the Japanese (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Collie, Craig

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              1 Sep 20

            'I can't understand the mentality of the Australian people,' said John Curtin. 'One day they are in a panic about the war and the next they want more race meetings.' Australia has a history of believing itself to be under threat of invasion. In 1942 that threat, in the form of in...vasion and occupation by the Japanese, seemed more imminent than the earlier fears. On Our Doorstep is the story of how Australia and Australians - the government, the military and the people - prepared to face this calamity, and the events that persuaded them of its probability. The Japanese had steamrolled through Malaya and Singapore, and bombed Darwin with the same ferocity they had dealt Pearl Harbor. Nothing could stop them. Their next step was inevitable, surely. Meanwhile, wartime leader John Curtin was battling with Winston Churchill to get Australian troops back to defend their homeland, and positioning to ensure America's help to fend off the approaching enemy. At home, people pitched in as best they could and in any way to frustrate the invader, all playing their part, torn between 'she'll be right' and near panic. Amid plans and rumoured plans to abandon the north to the enemy and deny Australia resources through scorched earth, particular attention was paid to northern Australia and the islands beyond. In the end, Japan found it had stretched itself beyond the reliability of its supply line, but had it ever intended to invade Australia?
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            ISBN 9781760632281
            Published AU 1 Sep 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Night of the Bayonets: The Texel Uprising and Hitler's Revenge, April-May 1945
             

            Night of the Bayonets: The Texel Uprising and Hitler's Revenge, April-May 1945 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Eric, Lee

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              2 Dec 20

            In the final days of World War II in Europe, Georgians serving in the Wehrmacht on Texel island off the Dutch coast rose up and slaughtered their German masters. Hitler ordered the island to be retaken and fighting continued for weeks, well after the war's end. The uprising had i...t origins in the bloody history of Georgia in the twentieth century, a history that saw the country move from German occupation, to three short years of independence, to Soviet rule after it was conquered by the Red Army in 1921. A bloody rebellion against the Soviets took place in 1924, but it remained under Russian Soviet rule. Thousands of Georgians served in the Soviet forces during World War II and among those who were captured, given the choice of starve or fight , some took up the German offer to don Wehrmacht uniforms. The loyalty of the Georgians was always in doubt, as Hitler himself suspected, and once deployed to the Netherlands, the Georgian soldiers made contact with the local Communist resistance. When the opportunity arose, the Georgians took the decision to rise up and slaughter the Germans, seizing control of the island. In just a few hours, they massacred some 400 German officers using knives and bayonets to avoid raising the alarm. An enraged Hitler learned about the mutiny and ordered the Germans to fight back, showing no mercy to either the Georgians or the Dutch civilians who hid them. It was not until 20 May, 12 days after the war had ended, that Canadian forces landed on the island and finally put an end to the slaughter. Eric Lee explores this fascinating but little known last battle of the Second World War: its origins, the incredible details of the battle and its ongoing legacy.
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            ISBN 9781922387462
            Published AU 2 Dec 2020
            Publisher BIG SKY PUBLISHING
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            Girl with a Sniper Rifle: An Eastern Front Memoir
             

            Girl with a Sniper Rifle: An Eastern Front Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Zhukova, Yulia

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              1 Nov 20

            In this vivid first-hand account we gain unique access to the inner workings of Stalin's Central Women's Sniper School, near Podolsk in Western Russia. Luliia was a dedicated member of the Komsomol (the Soviet communist youth organisation) and her parents worked for the NKVD. She... started at the sniper school and eventually became a valued member of her battalion during operations against Prussia. She persevered through eight months of training before leaving for the Front on 24th November 1944 just days after qualifying. Joining the third Belorussian Front her battalion endured rounds of German mortar as well as loudspeaker announcements beckoning them to come over to the German side. Luliia recounts how they would be in the field for days, regularly facing the enemy in terrifying one-on-one encounters. She sets down the euphoria of her first hit and starting her battle count but her reflection on how it was also the ending of a life. These feelings fade as she recounts the barbarous actions of Hitler's Nazi Germany. She recall how the women were once nearly overrun by Germans at their house when other Red Army formations had moved off and failed to tell them. She also details a nine-day stand-off they endured encircled by Germans in Landsberg.
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            ISBN 9781922387424
            Published AU 1 Nov 2020
            Publisher BIG SKY PUBLISHING
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            The Battle for Passchendaele: Australian Army Campaigns Series 28
              

            The Battle for Passchendaele: Australian Army Campaigns Series 28 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Finlayson, Ian

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            • Pub Date
              7 Oct 20

            The Battle for Passchendaele on 12 October 1917 was one of the epic struggles of the First World War. British Field Marshal Douglas Haig allocated II ANZAC Corps to capture Passchendaele village, with Major General Monash's 3rd Australian Division and the New Zealand Division lea...ding the attack. For both divisions the battle was a bloody debacle. Monash's division started the battle with 5800 men and, just 24 hours later, could only muster 2600, suffering horrendous losses for a small territorial gain which was later relinquished. The New Zealand Division was trapped in front of the German wire and barely moved from its start line, suffering one of its highest casualty rates of the war. Fought in conditions which seemed to preclude any chance of success, the battle has become a metaphor for pointless sacrifice. After the battle the British and Australian leadership were unanimous in placing blame for the defeat on the all-pervasive mud. Monash, writing to his wife, believed that his plan 'would have succeeded in normal conditions'. Yet, two weeks later, in similar weather and terrain, Lieutenant General Currie's Canadian Corps succeeded where Monash and Godley's II ANZAC Corps did not. The central focus of this book is a detailed analysis of the 3rd Australian Division's plan and execution of the attack on Passchendaele. By examining the differences between the Australian and Canadian plans for the capture of Passchendaele, the author casts this iconic battle in a completely different light. It is a re-examination that is long overdue.
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            ISBN 9781922387288
            Published AU 7 Oct 2020
            Publisher BIG SKY PUBLISHING
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            Series Australian Army Campaigns Series
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            Pride in Defence: The Australian Military and LGBTI Service since 1945
             

            Pride in Defence: The Australian Military and LGBTI Service since 1945 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Riseman, Noah; Robinson, Shirleene

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              3 Nov 20

            Since the Second World War the Australian military has undergone remarkable transformations in the way it has treated lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex service members- it has shifted from persecuting, hunting and discharging LGBTI members to embracing them as valu...ed members who enhance the Force's capabilities. LGBTI people have served in the Australian military since its very beginnings, yet Australian Defence Force histories have been very slow to recognise this. Pride in Defence confronts that silence. It charts the changing policies and practices of the ADF, illuminating the experiences of LGBTI members in what was often a hostile institution. Drawing on over 140 interviews and previously unexamined documents, Pride in Defence features accounts of secret romances, police surveillance and traumatic discharges. At its centre are the courageous LGBTI members who served their country in the face of systemic prejudice. In doing so, they showed the power of diversity and challenged the ADF to make it a far stronger institution.
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            ISBN 9780522876741
            Published AU 3 Nov 2020
            Publisher Melbourne University Press
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            Watsonia: A Writing Life
             

            Watsonia: A Writing Life (Hardback)

            By Watson, Don

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              17 Nov 20

            No other writer has journeyed further into the soul of Australia and returned to tell the tale ... Watsonia collects the fruits of a writing life. It covers everything from Australian bush humour to America gone berserk; from Don Bradman to Oscar Wilde; from Animal Farm to the Au...stralian parliament. Wherever Watson turns his incisive gaze, the results are as illuminating as they are enjoyable. Artfully arranged, Watsonia showcases the many sides of Don Watson- historian, speechwriter, commentator, humourist, nature writer and biographer. It also features several previously unpublished lectures and a wide-ranging introduction by the author. This comprehensive anthology - replete with wit, wisdom and diverse pleasures - is essential reading.
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            ISBN 9781760642792
            Published AU 17 Nov 2020
            Publisher Black Inc
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            B.A. Santamaria: Your most obedient servant: Selected Letters: 1938-1996
             

            B.A. Santamaria: Your most obedient servant: Selected Letters: 1938-1996 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            Edited by Morgan, Patrick

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            B.A. Santamaria was one of the most controversial Australians of our time, his sphere of influence ranging across the nation's political and social landscape. An ardent anti-Communist and devout Catholic, Santamaria was fiercely intelligent and a natural leader, polarising the co...mmunity into loyal followers and committed opponents. Spanning sixty years this collection of letters shows facets of Santamaria's personality and activities that have not previously been disclosed. They are both personal and professional and in them he speaks frankly on matters of the state, the Church and family and he is revealed as a person more subtle in his views than his public persona would suggest. His correspondents ranged from prominent politicians, including Malcolm Fraser, Bill Hayden and Clyde Cameron, religious leaders, including Archbishops Mannix and Pell,to influential media and social commentators such as Kerry Packer and Phillip Adams.In the 1940s Santamaria created an anti-Communist organisation, the Movement in Australia, and these letters reveal that he also operated it for decades throughout Asia. He was a keyfigure in the tumultuous split in the 1950s of the Australian Labour Party and subsequently had much influence as a public commentator on his television program Pointof View and his weekly column in The Australian.Santamaria had a strong social conscience and spent much of his time helping the under-privileged, and although he began as an advocate and champion of the Catholic Church,he spent much of his last decades opposing some of its activities.By the 1990s B.A. Santamaria was the only person still active in politics who had been involved in public life before World War II and in the immediate postwar years. The letters offer a rare glimpse into a mind that was preoccupied for more than six decades with world events and ideological controversies.
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            ISBN 9780522877151
            Published AU 30 Jan 2007
            Publisher Melbourne University Press
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            Two Voyages To The South Seas
             

            Two Voyages To The South Seas (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By By, Translated from the French and Retold

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            ISBN 9780522876864
            Published AU 1 Oct 1992
            Publisher Melbourne University Press
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