103 Medium Battery 1975
Laurie Skinner in Vietnam
3.7 inch Mark 3 Heavy Anti Aircraft Gun - Live Firing North Head Manly
No 53 of 1974 Gun Course - School of Artillery 1974
Anti Aircraft Radar No 3 Mark 7
25 Pounder New Guinea 1944
 

MILITARY BOOKS

 

Shown below are a selection of books that are either directly or indirectly Artillery related.   The reviews shown against a book are those that have been forwarded to the Australian Artillery Association Website by the the author or publishing company.    To view further information on the book or find out how to purchase a copy simply click on the book cover.

 
     
 

WEEKEND WARRIORS - a funny side

One of our members who goes by the pseudonym James Sanderson enlisted into the Army Reserve some 10 years ago and following his experiences, pre enlistment through recruit training at 1st Recruit Training Battalion then into his first Artillery unit and beyond has written a book that not only looks at the funnier side of being a reservist but also makes it easy for readers to assimilate what may lay ahead of them if considering enlisting into the Army Reserve.   Regardless of your service type the book brings back many memories and is well worth a read, strongly recommended.

Rae Richards the editor writes the following about the book:

"James Sanderson joined the Australian Army Reserve at the age of 17 with little appreciation for what adventures lay in store.   His ten years as a weekend warrior were mainly spent as a Gunner within the confines of his home country, but he later jumped in 'boots and all' to go on a Radio Operators deployment with a Papua New Guinean platoon in the Solomon Islands.

Somehow he survived Molotov cocktails, night patrols, being gassed and jumping out of a helicopter.   All this in a place so hot he cooked his eggs on the bonnet of a jeep.

Along the way he learnt about his new wontoks (friends) from all over the world, a bit about women and a lot about himself.   He also discovered that things can get interesting if you have a bonfire with marijuana plants, that you never know what might face you in the fridge at night, and why you should never play soccer in a field of coconut trees.

James also has a website that provides an overview of the book with a little further background.  To view the website, visit: http://sandysbooks.com.au

The book may be purchase by visiting: Amazon Online Book Shop

     
 

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
CANBERRA'S WAR MEMORIALS

From: Gai Brodtmann, Federal Minister for Canberra

This book is a wonderful asset for the Canberra community. It will allow Canberrans, and visitors to the region, to appreciate the considerable involvement of our community in the defence of our nation, as shown through our many memorials.

Although I have lived in Canberra for more than 25 years and have an interest in the role of the Canberra region in Australia's defence forces, some of the memorials in this book were unknown to me. I believe there will be many Canberrans who, like me, will discover more about Canberra's connections to our service history through this wonderful book.

The following is the Book's Foreword, written by historian Peter Stanley:

Christopher Jobson's book fulfils a need whose lack many have long felt. He and photographer Glenn Dando, should be proud of their guide to Canberra's war memorials.

Australia arguably has more war memorials per capita than any comparable nation, and Canberra has the greatest concentration of memorials in Australia.

Our City is the location of memorials of several kinds. We have memorials dedicated to Canberrans who have served and died. As the Nation's Capital many of the memorials in this guide bear the word 'national'. Some memorials reflect other nations' relationships with Australia. We are fortunate to have in our City these reminders of our shared past.

While (as this guide tells us) more memorials are planned, the only obvious gap is a memorial to those who suffered in the frontier wars that saw the Limestone Plains transformed from indigenous hunting lands to pastoral paddocks and in turn to national capital. I hope that this book will stimulate an awareness of that absence.

These memorials reflect a common human desire to remember the past, and to commemorate war's effects, in deaths and in other sacrifices. This book offers a superb opportunity to learn more of them, and through them to reflect upon what war has meant to Australia and its people.

Professor Peter Stanley
University of New South Wales, Canberra

To purchase a copy of the book online visit:

The book sells for $19.95.   Purchase Online

 

 

BATTLE WINNERS

Battle Winners is a vibrant and detailed account of the extraordinary battles of the Australian 6th and 9th Division six field artillery regiments against the Italian Army and Afrika Korps in the unforgiving terrain of the Western Desert from 1940 to 1942.

It traces the 6th Division's advance to Benghazi, the legendary Siege of Tobruk and their 'bush artillery' of the 9th Division, closing with the bloody finale that was Second El Alamein against a battle-hardened foe.

The book describes the organisation, equipment, development and artillery tactics of both sides in meticulous detail.

General Montgomery's appointment in August 1942 proved the turning point and the Eighth Army artillery rose to become the 'queen of battles' at the climactic El Alamein battle.

Battle Winners includes a Roll of Honour, casualty lists, maps and photographs and includes a Foreword by Major General S. N. Gower, AO, AO(Mil).

For further information and details on how to purchase this book online - Click Here.

Alan Smith joined the Royal Australian Artillery in 1951.   He was commissioned in 1954 and his service includes time with the British and Canadian Artillery.   He retired from the Army in 1969 and was a senior BHP executive when he retired in 1992.

Alan Smith has written extensively on Australian Artillery history and was the assistant then editor of Cannonball the Journal of the Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company from 1993 to 2013.

     
 

March 1945. Tom Mueller, a POW in Nazi Germany, finally makes a "home run" after four long years in captivity. His London debrief retells his amazing odyssey of capture, escape and heartbreaking recapture. He astounds everyone when he agrees to lead a covert team back into Germany to carry out a desperate rescue mission. Tom's return to Nazi Germany in its dying days reveals a hidden agenda.

Written by one of our own Steve Wilson.

Australian Artillery Association members who are avid novel readers and wish to provide a review can be provided with a free e-copy to read on a kindle/iPad/home computer.  For details contact Steve direct.

Purchase a Copy 

 

     
 

For Militarists this is a unique documentary and compelling story about the amazing success of Australia's wartime top secret commando folboats and their crew. In parts, it reads like a good novel but is 100% factual. The craft had been developed from pre-war sports kayaks proven in raging white waters of Switzerland. At the start of the Pacific War, the military version was tested by Australia's Z Special Force Command off the Queensland coast and in New Guinea. Two were rushed to a secret camp to train commandos for Operation JAYWICK. Those same commandos later paddled in compete darkness to sink 7 enemy ships in Singapore Harbour in 1943.

Every paddle stroke is there. Accounts from actual top brass personalities include the use folboats in surf conditions and Australian Commandos perfection of the deployment and recovery from submarines in 1972. 87,500 words, 77 illustrations including graphic images of the sports and military versions, full A4 pages of the original folboat plans plus copies of formerly top-secret National and private archived documents tell the story.

The Australian MKIII was highly regarded, having the longest run of any military folboat during WWII. A total of 1024 were ordered by the Defence Department, vastly outnumbering those brought in and used from overseas - a fact that was not generally known until now. One of the very first of these original military MKIII folboats will be on display at the
Australian War Museum soon.

The book includes 33 of accounts of over 36 Special Operations in the Pacific, including RIMAU (Book: Heroes of Rimau), MOSSTROOPS, NADZAB, PYTHON, MENZIES, POLITICIAN, PLATYPUS, COPPER (Book: The Guns of Muschu), SEMUT IVB & CROCODILE - all documented.

Merely for the price of one book, this is a valuable indexed reference for military personnel and all kayak enthusiasts.

Australian Artillery Association member John Hoehn is offering a 20% discount to all Australian Artillery Association members.

Instead of the regular $36,  you pay only $28.80 plus the $7.00 p&p. Total $35.80.

Make cheque payable to the distributor: Frank Isbister and send it to him at 54 Volitans Avenue, Mt. Eliza, Vic 3930.

Also enclose your address and mark it 'member AAA'. The book will then be despatched to you within two days.

If you do not have a cheque facility, contact John on john.hoehn@bluewin.ch for other means of payment.

     
 

"THE LAST KNIGHT"

General Sir Phillip Bennett is a good example of what makes a great leader. With a good combination of innate personal qualities, education, broad experience and the hardening that comes with survival on the battlefield he prospered. As a young officer he survived the first and most perilous year of the Korean War, including the Battle of Kapyong. He also withstood the rigours of battalion command in South Vietnam in 1968-69, including the Battle of Coral, one of the most intense operations of the war in South Vietnam for the Australian forces.

Available from Big Sky Publishing

     



Authored by:

Christopher Jobson
Royal Australian Artillery

 

"LOOKING FORWARD LOOKING BACK"
CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS OF THE AUSTRALIAN ARMY

"Every Army marches to the tune of its customs and traditions. The customs and traditions of the Australian Army reflect the often glorious legacies that define the Army of today. They are visible acknowledgements of the history that has shaped the character, the values and the pride of Australias modern Army and those who serve in its ranks."

Lieutenant General D.J. Hurley, AO, DSC, Vice Chief of the Defence Force

Looking Forward, Looking Back - Customs and Traditions of the Australian Army explores the Australian Army's rich and proud history. Our Army's customs and traditions are far from static; they are dynamic as they evolve and adapt just like the Army itself. More than anything, they instill a strong sense of belonging in our Diggers. The teamwork, pride, discipline and respect of the past continue to inspire our present modern day Army.

The Australian Army boasts a broad variety of traditions, some of which belong to the Service as a whole, others to a particular corps, regiment or rank. These customs and traditions vary: some are solemn, others are humorous and still others incorporate the rules of social etiquette, manners and style.

Many of the Australian Army's customs and traditions are derived from the battle tactics and fighting attire of old. Some of the drill movements seen on today's parade ground, for example, were originally practiced by soldiers in battle. Various parts of the Aussie soldier's uniform had practical uses in combat and some customs retain their original use as they did hundreds of years ago.

While the ever-changing modern military environment means that soldiers continue to look forward, looking back to the Australian Army's customs and traditions serves as a constant and reassuring reminder of past victories and how far we have traveled so far.

Looking Forward, Looking Back, will ensure that some of the military heritage that created the foundations of the fighting force of today is not lost over time.

     
 

DVD
"THEY'LL COME LOOKING FOR YOU"
The Battle of Fire Support Base CORAL, Vietnam 1968

A "must have" story of Australian Artillery in the front line in South Vietnam.

Whether you are a Gunner, a military aficionado or just someone who appreciates the stories of men fighting for their lives and their country, you must have a copy of this DVD.

Real time footage and photos from 1968 and today - each man telling their own personal stories.  Includes interviews with a senior North Vietnamese Army officer who fought at Coral!

Available from selected stockists or direct from the Regiment Association - order one today! To purchase your copy visit the 12 Field Regiment (Vietnam) Association website.

     
     
 

"THE GUNNER'S DOCTOR" VIETNAM LETTERS By David Bradford

I am informed that this book has been written by the Regimental Medical Officer (RMO) for the 106th Field Battery, Royal Australian Artillery during their first tour of Vietnam, David Bradford.   This book would of course be of significant interest to all those Vietnam Veterans' who served in the 106th Field Battery RAA on their 1st Tour and to those with an interest not only in the period/conflict but also those with a keen interest in Artillery.

The book is available from Dymocks Book Stores throughout Australia.

   
  "THE GARRISON GUNS OF AUSTRALIA FROM 1788 TO 1962"

An essential book for all Artillerymen.
   

"4th Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery - Historical Guide

ARTHUR BURKE, OAM, Colonel Commandant RAA Northern Region and Honorary Historian, 4th Field Regiment RAA has authored a book that outlines the Historical events of the 4th Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery, from its inception in 1856 in Victoria up to today's unit in the Ready Deployment Force in Townsville.
All proceeds from the books sale go directly to the development of the 4th Field Regiment Historical Collection.

Copies may be obtained by sending a cheque or money order for $6.00 (which includes postage) made payable to '4 Fd Regt RTF' to:
The Curator
4th Field Regiment RAA Historical Collection
Chau Pha Lines
Lavarack Barracks
TOWNSVILLE  Q  4813
 
   



Available in Australia
in 2009

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For link to Bookstore

 

Royal Artillery Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations
Philip Jobson

Since its creation in 1716, the Royal Artillery has been a cornerstone of the British Armed Forces, as their motto Ubique, 'Everywhere', implies. In this book Philip Jobson has collated the enormous and complex artillery lexicon which has accumulated since that day, as dynamic as its subject to keep pace with technical and tactical innovation. The development of indirect fire, counter-battery, anti-tank and anti-aircraft fire all required a novel vocabulary, as did advances in survey and locating. Changes in communication from shouts, to flags, to line, to radio, to compressed data transmission all left their mark on the language.

*   The only available glossary of Royal Artillery terms.
*   Includes illustrations and photos.
*   Tracks the changes in the language of calculation and fire orders.

Philip Jobson is Chairman of South London District Royal Artillery Association, Secretary of the South East Region Royal Artillery Association, Secretary of Woolwich and Plumstead Branch Royal Artillery Association and Secretary of the Friends of Firepower, the Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich. He has been researching this book for the past twenty years.

     
     
 
 
 
A Field Battery in Vietnam - Gunner Tiffy
Sergeants from the No. 1 Queensland Volunteer Artillery
Artillery In Action At Heilly France - Circa 1918
Members of 102 (Coral) Battery in Vietnam
Gunner Claude Rubin Winduss (Second from Left) in World War 1

         
         

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