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Armies of Empire
The 9th Australian and 50th British Divisions in Battle 1939–1945


Part of Australian Army History Series

  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521194808

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  • Armies of Empire uniquely reflects upon the experience of two divisions from different armies facing similar challenges in the Second World War. The 9th Australian Division and the British 50th (Northumbrian) Division both saw long service and suffered heavy casualties, and both encountered morale, discipline and battlefield effectiveness problems. In this illuminating, comparative study of Australian and British divisions at war, Allan Converse draws extensively on primary sources as well as recent scholarship on morale and combat efficiency. His fresh approach questions the popular mythology surrounding the Australian Digger and the British Tommy, and shows how it was a combination of leadership, loyalty and tactics, rather than intrinsic national qualities, which resulted in victory for Churchill's armies.

    • Takes an original approach to a subject which has been argued over since WWII and provides a comparative analysis of the Second World War armies and the role morale played in combat efficiency
    • Comprehensively 'busts' two pervasive myths - that Australians were naturally good soldiers and that British were naturally bad soldiers
    • An important title within the prestigious Australian Army History Series, with Professor David Horner as series editor
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521194808
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.71kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Morale and Battlefield Performance in the Second World War
    2. Operations and the Curve of Morale, 1939–45
    3. Organisation
    4. Other Ranks
    5. Leaders and Leadership
    6. Training, Weapons, and Tactics
    7. Discipline and Psychiatry
    8. Morale in Action
    Conclusion: a New Paradigm of Morale.

  • Author

    Allan Converse, Bentley College, Massachusetts
    Allan Converse is Lecturer in History at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA.

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