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Anzac Journeys
Returning to the Battlefields of World War Two


  • Date Published: August 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107020672

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  • Australians have been making pilgrimages to the battlefields and cemeteries of World War Two since the 1940s, from the jungles of New Guinea and South-East Asia to the mountains of Greece and the deserts of North Africa. They travel in search of the stories of lost loved ones, to mourn the dead and to come to grips with the past. With characteristic empathy, Bruce Scates charts the history of pilgrimages to Crete, Kokoda, Sandakan and Hellfire Pass. He explores the emotional resonance that these sites have for those who served and those who remember. Based on surveys, interviews, extensive fieldwork and archival research, Anzac Journeys offers insights into the culture of loss and commemoration and the hunger for meaning so pivotal to the experience of pilgrimage. Richly illustrated with full-colour maps and photographs from the 1940s to today, Anzac Journeys makes an important and moving contribution to Australian military history.

    • Richly illustrated with full-colour maps and photographs from the 1940s to today
    • Fills a gap in studies of war and remembrance as the first significant study of World War II sites of pilgrimage
    • Weaves together memories and voices of pilgrims with archival research and fieldwork to provide a fresh approach to the study of pilgrimage
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    'Why do Australians pick at the scab of war memory? Bruce Scates explains, in a nice blend of empathetic and analytical.' Professor Peter Stanley, University of New South Wales

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107020672
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 177 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 82 colour illus. 11 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Captivity Narratives:
    1. 'If only I knew what became of him': the loss of Australia's prisoners of war
    2. 'Witness to war': the first journeys'
    3. 'Bring up the bodies': commemorating our war dead
    4. 'Unspeakable histories': from Singapore to Hellfire Pass
    5. 'The death march': journeys back to Sandakan
    Part II. Desert and Island:
    6. 'Death in the desert': North Africa
    7. 'A post war dream': Greece and Crete
    Part III. Air and Sea:
    8. Seeking the unknown: remembering the Sydney
    9. 'Journeys into night': bomber command
    Part IV. Australia's Frontline:
    10. Walking the trail: Kokoda
    11. 'A city at war': Darwin.

  • Author

    Bruce Scates, Monash University, Victoria

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