Zombie Myths of Australian Military History

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Craig Stockings
UNSW Press, 2010 - History - 275 pages
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In this fascinating account, leading Australian military historians tackle 10 of the most enduring historical zombies, or national myths, that have staggered their way through the halls of military history for more than 200 years. From Aboriginal resistance and invasion to Australia’s recent involvement in East Timor, this record disproves the incorrectly memorialized and so-called gallant deeds of past Australian servicemen. Provocative and opinionated, this record attempts to correct the historical record.  

 

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Contents

Introduction The walking undeadand Australian military history
1
1 The frontier war that never was
10
The murderer as martyr
29
3 The myths of August at Gallipoli
50
4 Australians broke the Hindenburg Line
70
5 There is an idea that the Australian is a born soldier
93
The loss of HMAS Sydney II
116
Invasion by Japan in 1942
140
8 Australias Thermopylae? The Kokoda Trail
161
9 In every war but one?Myth history and Vietnam
190
10 Two tales of Timor
213
Epilogue Returning the zombies to their graves
234
Notes
239
Index
263
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Craig Stockings is a senior lecturer in history in the Australian Defence Force Academy at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of Bardia: Myth, Reality and the Heirs of Anzac and The Torch and the Sword.

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