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
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,
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
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
James also has a website
that provides an overview of the book
with a little further background. To
view the website, visit:
The book may be purchase
Amazon Online Book Shop
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
CANBERRA'S WAR MEMORIALS
Federal Minister for
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
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
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
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
To purchase a copy of the book online
The book sells for $19.95.
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
The book describes the
organisation, equipment, development and
artillery tactics of both sides in
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
includes a Roll of Honour, casualty
lists, maps and photographs and includes
a Foreword by Major General S. N. Gower,
For further information
and details on how to purchase this book
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
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.
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
Purchase a Copy
For Militarists this is a unique documentary and compelling
story about the amazing success of
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
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
Australian War Museum soon.
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 -
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
Instead of the regular $36, you pay only $28.80 plus the
$7.00 p&p. Total $35.80.
cheque payable to the distributor: Frank Isbister and send
it to him at 54 Volitans Avenue, Mt. Eliza, Vic 3930.
enclose your address and mark it 'member AAA'. The book will
then be despatched to you within two days.
do not have a cheque facility, contact John on
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Available from Big Sky
Royal Australian Artillery
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 Back, will ensure that some of the military
heritage that created the foundations of the fighting
force of today is not lost over time.
"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
12 Field Regiment (Vietnam) Association website.
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
"THE GARRISON GUNS OF
AUSTRALIA FROM 1788 TO 1962"
An essential book for all
"4th Field Regiment,
Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery - Historical Guide
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:
Regiment RAA Historical Collection
TOWNSVILLE Q 4813
Available in Australia
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Royal Artillery Glossary of Terms and
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
* Tracks the changes in the
language of calculation and fire orders.
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.