Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1950. Octavo, original blue cloth, xviii, 268 pp., frontispiece, 16 double-sided photo plates, endpaper maps and a further 12 maps throughout the text. Cloth a little dulled and flecked, internally in very good order. First edition of a scarce and desirable Second World War regimental history.
The 2/5th Australian Field Regiment were gunners stationed in the Middle East, New Guinea and Kalimantan. This book contains valuable information and images on the Syrian campaign; specifically the battles at Merdjayoun, Qouneitra, Ibeles Saki, Jerme, Damour and Baalbek.
This hard fighting was followed by a period of rest and recreation back in Australia, followed by deployment to New Guinea, where they provided artillery support at Milne Bay and Buna. This was followed by engagements in Kalimantan at Balikpapan, Sepinggang and Manggar (in present day Banga Belitung Island, Indonesia).
The frontispiece of the book depicts award of the Victoria Cross to Lieutenant A. R. Cutler. Trigellis-Smith 546; Dornbusch Australian Military Bibliography 474. Item #1864
Price (AUD): $450.00