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At the Front Line

At the Front Line
Experiences of Australian Soldiers in World War II

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  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521523233

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  • At the Front Line draws on a plethora of letters, diaries and documents written by over 300 Australian soldiers in the field to present a picture of the hardships and triumphs of their wartime experience. Mark Johnston analyses the suffering of front-line soldiers caused not only by the opposing force, but also by the conditions imposed by their own army. The book details the physical and psychological pressures of life at the front and shows how soldiers survived or surrendered to unbearable environments, fear, boredom and the constant threat of impending death. The myths of mateship and equanimity are brought under scrutiny. Much hostility can be explained by competition between ranks and the perceived hostility of superiors. The author investigates the immense strain that led to many breakdowns and the characteristic forebearance that saw so many others through.

    • Australian military history
    • Numerous personal voices
    • Controversial new interpretations and evidence
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521523233
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Front Line:
    1. The unnatural life at the front
    2. Experiences of fear and death
    3. Major sources of front-line stress
    4. When fear became unbearable
    5. Taking the strains of the front line
    Part II. The Army Way:
    6. Callous bigwigs and boredom
    7. Army muck-ups
    8. Resentment of inequality
    9. Discipline and making the most of army life
    Part III. Mates:
    10. A band of brothers?
    Aftermath and conclusions
    Appendix A: Who fought where
    Appendix B: Statistical comparisons.

  • Author

    Mark Johnston

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