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Fighting the Enemy

Fighting the Enemy
Australian Soldiers and their Adversaries in World War II


  • Date Published: September 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521782227

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  • Fighting The Enemy, first published in 2000, is about men with the job of killing each other. Based on the wartime writings of hundreds of Australian front-line soldiers during World War II, this powerful and resonant book contains many moving descriptions of high emotion and drama. Soldiers' interactions with their enemies are central to war and their attitudes to their adversaries are crucial to the way wars are fought. Yet few books look in detail at how enemies interpret each other. This book is an unprecedented and thorough examination of the way Australian combat soldiers interacted with troops from the four powers engaged in World War II: Germany, Italy, Vichy France and Japan. Each opponent has themes peculiar to it: the Italians were much ridiculed; the Germans were the most respected of enemies; the Vichy French were regarded with ambivalence; while the Japanese were the subject of much hostility, intensified by the real threat of occupation.

    • Draws on primary source material
    • Unique focus on relationships between enemies
    • Written in a compelling and powerful style
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: '[The book's] great strength is that it shows how vividly personal war is when soldiers are allowed to speak for themselves.' The Weekend Australian

    Review of the hardback: ' … an excellent and very highly recommended book. On one level, a good history of Australian conflicts in World War II. On another level, the very personal experiences of Australians in battle. On yet another level, a study of group Australian behaviour in times of conflict and crisis.' Law Society Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521782227
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Conventions and Abbreviations
    Part I. War in the Middle East:
    1. The Italians
    2. The Germans: the real enemy
    3. The Germans: mutual respect
    4. The Vichy French
    Part II. War In The Pacific:
    5. The Japanese: most encountered, most hated
    6. The Japanese: sources of hate
    7. The Japanese: questions of quality
    8. The Japanese: empathy, compassion and incomprehension
    Appendix A. Fifth Columnists
    Appendix B. Orders of Battle of Australia's Enemies

  • Author

    Mark Johnston, Scotch College, Melbourne

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