41 Anzac Day Histories and Research Guides

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With Anzac Day coming we have pulled together a few highlights from our military range.

Click on titles below for more details on each. Some of the titles below are ‘special order’ titles.

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The Collection

Australian and States Military Collection – USB, 55 products – 15126 pages –
NORMALLY $299.50 SPECIAL $199.50 until 30 April 17
A collection of 55 military publications – National and those that cover several states:

  • 15,126 pages – 267,786 names (estimate)
  • retail price for products if purchased separately $1078.50
  • this collection $299.50 – a discount of 72% on the separate retail price of the products
  • supplied on USB flash drive with master index enabling searching the entire collection in a single search
  • supplied as fully searchable PDF files, scans of the original pages, with underlying searchable text

For a full list of titles included click here

Researching your Military Ancestors

So you have military ancestors, but you want to know more about them. Where do you start? There are a number of research guides that will help you find and understand Australian military records available. Here are some of them.

       

AIF Unit Histories of the Great War 1914-1918 – R. Austin, 28 pages
However, many people have difficulty in wading through military jargon and need a more readable source of what their relatives battalion or unit was doing during the Great War of 1914-1918. This is where the unit histories become a most valuable resource tool. A point-by-point check list of ‘The Ideal Unit History’ which may be useful to genealogists and others has therefore been included. Also included are publication details of the many published histories of battalions, light horse regiments and other units of the 1st Australian Imperial Force which served with distinction in theatres such as Gallipoli, France, Belgium, Egypt and Palestine. Also available as an ebook.

That Elusive Digger: Tracing Your Australian Military Ancestors – N. Smith, 56 pages
Herein are provided handy summaries of Australia’s military history both in peace and war; a glimpse of where to looks and what to look for, all leavened with brief forays into how to understand and so get the most from military records. For those seeking to search out their Australian military ancestors, there is no better place to start. Also available as an ebook.

Understanding Australian Military Speak – N. Smith, 72 pages
This book fills the need by detailing 6000 abbreviations, initialisms and acronyms found in Australian military records from 1788 to the present day. Also available as an ebook.

The War to End War: Tracing Your Great War Australian Military Ancestors – N.Smith, 68 pages
This concise, yet comprehensive guide is made to help the family historian embark on the search for Australian military ancestors in World War I, as well as giving you a simple overview of Australia’s military history. Also available as an ebook.

   

Australians in Peril: Tracing Your World War Two Australian Military Ancestors – N. Smith, 64 pages
If you’re wanting to start researching your Australian World War Two ancestors, this concise, yet comprehensive guide is one for you, as well as giving you a simple overview of Australia’s military history. Also available as an ebook.

A Guide to Military History on the Internet: A Comprehensive Introduction for Genealogists and Military Historians – S. Fowler, 222 pages
There are thousands of websites devoted to all aspects of military history from the ancient Battle of Hastings to the modern Gulf. This unique book helps you find the ones that will help with your research, whether you are checking out a soldier ancestor, an airman or researching a naval campaign. Includes websites relevant for researching British, American, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Forces.

Battalion Histories

Battalion histories are useful for finding out about the history of a battalion, such as when and where it was formed, training information, where they served, what battles they were involved in, together with details of those who were in the battalion, and often include honour and nominal rolls and many photographs.

       

War Book of the Third Pioneer Battalion – M. Keatinge, 215 pages, DataCD
Written in 1922 by Major M.B.B. Keatinge this book traces the Third Pioneer Battalion from its formation, training at Campbellfield in Victoria, its time in England and then at the battlefields in France – at Armentieres, Messines, Ypres, Villers Brettoneux and other areas. Also available as an ebook.

Gallipoli to Tripoli: History of the 10th Light Horse Regiment AIF 1914-1919 – N. Browning & I. Gill, paperback, 648 pages
The 10th Light Horse epitomises the dash and insouciance of the mounted Australian soldier in World War I. This book fills the need of the expanding families, relatives, and growing number of people interested in knowing the experiences of our men in battles of such significance that they literally changed the map of the world.

Game to the Last: The 11th Australian Infantry Battalion at Gallipoli – J. Hurst, paperback, 332 pages
‘Game to the Last’ reveals the early battles and experiences of what would become ‘one of the finest battalions which served in the war’, the West Australian 11th Infantry Battalion, AIF, during the gruelling Gallipoli campaign of 1915.

Fighting Nineteenth: History of the 19th Infantry Battalion AIF 1915-1918 – W. Matthews & D. Wilson, hardcover, 536 pages
After more than 95 years, the story of the ‘Fighting Nineteenth’ can can finally be told. Almost 5000 men served in the 19th Battalion, AIF during its three and half years as one of the four battalions of the 5th Brigade, 2nd Division.

       

Black and Gold: The History of the 29th Battalion 1915-1918 – R. Austin, paperback, 240 pages
The use of numerous photographs and maps, as well as many letters and diary excerpts assists the reader of ‘Black and Gold’ to better understand the terrible conditions under which these men fought during the Great War.

Ike’s Marines: 36th Australian Infantry Battalion 1939-1945 – S. Brigg & L. Brigg, hardcover, 248 pages
This reprint of the 1967 unit history of the 36th Australian Infantry Battalion again makes available the proud story of this unit. They played a part in the Kokoda campaign before being airlifted to Sanananda where they fought in the savage battles of Northern Papua and in the process lost many good men.

Story of a Battalion: 48th Battalion of the AIF – W. Devine, DataCD, 224 pages
Written by William Devine in 1919, this book describes the history of the 48th Battalion of the AIF from 16 March 1916 when they were raised in Egypt. Also available as an ebook.

Whale Oil Guards: The 53rd Battalion AIF – J. Kennedy, DataCD, 159 pages
This is the story of the 53rd Battalion, the Green and Blacks, and of Major Oswald Croshaw. Kennedy describes their exploits at Alexandria, Fromelles, The Somme, Bullecourt, Ypres, Polygon Wood, Amiens and many other towns. Also available as an ebook.

Behind the Scenes

When you think of war, you think of those who were fighting on the frontline. But the reality is that there are so many others who play an important role in the war too. Those such as the doctors and nurses, the stretcher bearers and medical drivers, the vets, the war correspondents and photographers to mention a few.

       

Australian War Photographs: A Pictorial Record From November 1917 to The End of the War – Ed. G. Wilkins, DataCD, 146 pages
The ‘Australian War Photographs’, is a book containing spectacular photographs from the end of 1917 to the end of the Great War, and was edited by Captain Geo. H. Wilkins, M.C. Showing over 150 graphic pictures, these illustrate many of the conditions and experiences in which the soldiers lived and fought. Also available as an ebook.

Roving Editors 1918 – W. Sowden, DataCD, 302 pages
Here is a unique look at the the First World War through the eyes of a war correspondent. Together with numerous photographs, of not only the action seen, but also those involved, this is a valuable record of World War One which will interest military historians and any who wish to know more about Australia’s involvement in the war. Also available as an ebook.

Uncensored Dardanelles – E. Ashmead-Bartlett, DataCD
This book contains the full account of what Ashmead-Bartlett experienced in the Dardanelles, some of which was previously censored or remained unpublished until now. It includes chapters on the landing at Anzac and Cape Helles, the fight for Achi Baba, the Suvla Bay offensive, the last dying efforts, and ‘an uncensored letter and my dismissal’ … and much more. Also available as an ebook.

Australian Doctors at War Volume 1: Gallipoli Doctors – R. Likeman, hardcover, 224 pages
‘Gallipoli Doctors’ is the first volume the Australian Doctors at War Series. Due to the efforts of LtCol Robert Likeman, CMS, this book is the most comprehensive record of the contribution made by almost 300 doctors of the AIF during the Gallipoli campaign which also included Lemnos and Ship Transports.

       

The Body Snatchers: The History of the 3rd Field Ambulance 1914-1918 – R. Austin, hardcover, 324 pages
‘The Body Snatchers’ tells the story of the brave doctors, stretcher bearers, drivers and nursing orderlies who made up the 3rd Field Ambulance. The book traces their story through the battlefields of Gallipoli, France and Belgium. The work of Simpson is a perpetual reminder of the heroic devotion to duty by the stretcher bearer whilst under enemy fire.

Hospital Ships – R. Goodman, paperback, 308 pages
The story of hospital ships is a fascinating one indeed, about which little has been written except for isolated tragedies such as the sinking of the Centaur off the Australian coast in 1943. Yet the story of hospital ships is an integral part of naval, military and medical history going back over the centuries.

More Than Bombs and Bandages: Australian Army Nurses at Work in World War I – K. Harris, hardcover, 358 pages
More than Bombs and Bandages exposes the false assumption that military nurses only nursed. Based on author Kirsty Harris’ CEW Bean Prize winning PhD thesis, this is a book that is far removed from the ‘devotion to duty’ stereotyping offering an intriguing and sometimes gut-wrenching insight into the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) during World War I.

Vets at War: A History of the Australian Veterinary Corps 1909-1945 – I. Parsonson, hardcover, 240 pages
From the early formation of armed militia forced in Australia, mounted troops and transport animals have played a significant part in army operations and, consequently, veterinarians also has an important role. From the Sudan Contingent, the South Africa war, World War One and through to the end of World War Two, veterinarians have provided professional care for horses and other animals of the Australian Army.

Regional

Regional guides are useful for listing all from a particular state or region. These often include military biographical details and a photograph.

       

From Frontier to Frontline: Northern Territorians in the Great War 1914-1918 – N. Cramp, hardcover, 164 pages
This book contains biographies of 372 men from Northern Territory who joined the war to fight for their country in WW1. Amongst them you’ll find outback adventurers, bushmen, stockmen, miners, seamen, meat workers, senior public servants, even a pearl diver, a buffalo shooter and a rubber planter.

Country Victoria’s Own: 150 Year History of the 8th/7th Battalion Royal Victoria Regiment and its Predecessors 1858-2008 – N. Leckie, hardcover, 376 pages
‘Country Victoria’s Own’ traces the history of the Ballarat infantry and the units in major cities and towns that form the ‘predecessors’ in the sub-title.

South Australian Airmen of the Great War – C. Schaedel & the SA Aviation Museum History Group, paperback, 172 pages
Over four hundred thousand Australians volunteered to serve in the armed forces during the First World War. In recent years all of these records have been digitised and are freely available to researchers. By identifying over three hundred South Australians who served as airmen during the conflict, this book represents an invaluable resource that would otherwise take an enormous amount of effort to compile.

Queenslanders Who Fought in the Great War 1914-18 – O. Wildman, DataCD, 286 pages
A wonderful record of 2468 men and a some women involved in the Great War 1914-18, mainly those who actually served overseas. 2334 portraits are included.

       

Australia’s Fighting Sons of the Empire: New South Wales and Queensland – DataCD, 388 pages
This volume is a collection of biographies of approximately 1800 soldiers, each with significant biographical details. Each entry includes a photograph along with the name of the soldier, where they were born and educated, where and when they enlisted, the places they fought, when they came back or, if they died, where they were buried. Often included are other significant details about their war activities and their family.

Australia’s Fighting Sons of the Empire: Western Australia – DataCD, 288 pages
‘Australia’s Fighting Sons’ is a compilation of biographies and photos of many Australian soldiers who fought in World War One, although obviously an incomplete list, this book includes information on nearly 1500 soldiers each with significant detail of their fighting life. The book mostly includes people from Western Australia.

All-Australia Memorial: Victoria – E. Ashmead-Bartlett, DataCD, 583 pages
This Victorian edition is a wonderful record, with a detail historical outline of the war from an Australian perspective, plus an extensive reference section and hundreds of biographies. All complemented by thousands of photos, many of Victorians who served.

Tasmania’s War Record 1914-1918 – L. Broinowski, DataCD, 412 pages
Family and local historians with Tasmanian interests are the “generations yet to come” who will find this an immensely useful record – not only for the names and details given, but for the historical accounts of the various units and fields of service. Also available as an ebook.

Reference

Sometimes you need a good reference work.

       

Gallipoli Encyclopedia – R. Austin, hardcover, 288 pages
In this encyclopedia on the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign of 1915, the main focus is on Australians, both famous and unknown. The book contains over 1000 entries, including many hundreds of personal entries covering the personalities of the campaign, be they British, French, Turkish, German, New Zealand or Australian.

Australian Soldiers’ Pocket Book (9th edition) – W. Keays, DataCD, 124 pages
The ‘Australian Soldier’’s Pocket Book’ was published in 1943 during the Second World War. This small pocket-sized book could be carried everywhere and provided Australian soldiers with a wide range of useful information about the requirements of war service. Also available as an ebook.

Where the Australians Rest – DataCD, 73 pages
Published in 1920, ‘Where the Australians Rest’ describes many of the cemeteries overseas in which Australians were laid to rest. 37 illustrations accompany the text. Also available as an ebook.

Telephone Directory December 1942: Personnel in Military Installations – DataCD, 76 pages
Dated December 1942, this 77 page telephone directory gives the contact numbers for the various bases, as well as names and divisions of key personnel at each. Also available as an ebook.

Scrapbooking

For those into scrapbooking, we have some Australian military themes papers that are perfect for creating pages on your military ancestors.

       

Birch Craft 12×12 Anzac Cove – Scrapbooking, 1 sheet
Sold as a single sheet, this map of Anzac Cove can be used as a background sheet, or cut out part, and use on your page.

Birch Craft 12×12 Anzac Cove (colour) – Scrapbooking, 1 sheet
A beautiful paper with a view looking down on to the beach, it shows Anzac Cove from the Turkish positions. It includes a “Lest We Forget” together with a war medal in the lefthand corner.

Birch Craft 12×12 Where Australian’s Are Fighting – Scrapbooking, 1 sheet
This paper from Birch Craft contains war related Australian newspaper headlines, as well as images of diggers and maps of where they fought.

Designs Galore 12×12 Air Force (Blue) – Scrapbooking, 1 sheet
Available in two colours, blue or cream, the records show an active service document, interim discharge certificate, record of leave, as well as a certificate of service and discharge.

    

Designs Galore 12×12 Army Rising Sun – Scrapbooking, 1 sheet
Printed in army greens, with the rising sun badge in the bottom corner, this page could be used in so many ways … its really just up to your imagination. A separate additional sheet is included with 6 army related images.

Designs Galore 12×12 Army Silhouette – Scrapbooking, 1 sheet
Featuring images of soldiers walking on a hill, as well as portraits of others, along with the a very moving poem and images of the traditional red poppies, this would make a great tribute to anyone using this to record the life of anyone who was involved in this war.

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