47 Titles to Help you Find out More About your ANZAC Ancestors

ANZAC Day highlights

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 $249.50
A collection of 55 military publications – National 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

       

AIF Unit Histories of the Great War 1914-1918 – R. Austin, 28 pages – $10.00
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.

That Elusive Digger: Tracing Your Australian Military Ancestors – N. Smith, 56 pages – $15.00
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.

Understanding Australian Military Speak – N. Smith, 72 pages – $15.00
This book fills the need by detailing 6000 abbreviations, initialisms and acronyms found in Australian military records from 1788 to the present day.

The War to End War: Tracing Your Great War Australian Military Ancestors – N.Smith, 68 pages – $15.00
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.

   

Australians in Peril: Tracing Your World War Two Australian Military Ancestors – N. Smith, 64 pages – $15.00
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.

A Guide to Military History on the Internet: A Comprehensive Introduction for Genealogists and Military Historians – S. Fowler, 222 pages – $29.95
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

       

War Book of the Third Pioneer Battalion – M. Keatinge, 215 pages, DataCD – $19.50
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.

Gallipoli to Tripoli: History of the 10th Light Horse Regiment AIF 1914-1919 – N. Browning & I. Gill, paperback, 648 pages – $70.00
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 – $19.95
‘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 – $60.00
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.

        

Ike’s Marines: 36th Australian Infantry Battalion 1939-1945 – S. Brigg & L. Brigg, hardcover, 248 pages – $39.00
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.

With the Fortieth – N. Meagher, DATA CD – 1 CD (107 pages) – $16.50
Norman entered training to serve in the 40th Battalion in October 1915, which sailed from Tasmania for war on the 2nd July 1916. The book is largely a compilation of letters written by Norman Meagher to his parents and friends in Tasmania. They include stories of what was happening in the war, descriptions of events and places he saw, memories and thoughts and beliefs he held.

Story of a Battalion: 48th Battalion of the AIF – W. Devine, DataCD, 224 pages – $19.50
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.

Whale Oil Guards: The 53rd Battalion AIF – J. Kennedy, DataCD, 159 pages – $16.50
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.

Behind the Scenes

       

Australian War Photographs: A Pictorial Record From November 1917 to The End of the War – Ed. G. Wilkins, DataCD, 146 pages – $16.50
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.

Roving Editors 1918 – W. Sowden, DataCD, 302 pages – $22.50
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.

Uncensored Dardanelles – E. Ashmead-Bartlett, DataCD – $22.50
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.

Forgotten Men: The Australian Army Veterinary Corps 1909-1946 – M. Tyquin, hardcover, 494 pages – $19.95
‘Forgotten Men is the long overdue account of the significant contribution to the Australian Army of the Australian Army Veterinary Corps in two world wars. One of the army’’s smallest and least recognised corps, its humble beginnings and quiet work in the background belie the crucial role of the Corps in supporting wartime operations and dealing with logistical issues never envisaged before 1915. Ffrom inception to dissolution it shows the magnitude of their contribution to the Australian Army from 1909 to 1946. Importantly, this book finally brings the achievements of the officers and men of the Australian Veterinary Corps out of the shadows.

       

Diaries of a Stretcher-Bearer 1916-1918 – E. Munro, paperback, 250 pages – $29.95
‘Diaries of a Stretcher-Bearer’ is the story of a family that came to Australia before WWI and found itself immersed in the war with four family members taking part. It is a day-to-day account of the heroism of the stretcher-bearers during WWI. These men walked out into no man’s land, picked up the wounded and dying and struggled back to their own trenches through the glutinous Somme mud under fire from German snipers

Hospital Ships – R. Goodman, paperback, 308 pages – $29.95
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 – $34.95
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.

Little by Little: A Centenary History of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps – M. Tyquin, hardcover, 704 pages – $60.00
This history covers the development of Australia’s army medical services from the Boer War through to Timor as well as various peace-keeping deployments. The Australian Army Medical Corps came into existence after federation, as part of the new Australian Army, and served in every conflict from World War One until today.

Regional

       

From Frontier to Frontline: Northern Territorians in the Great War 1914-1918 – N. Cramp, hardcover, 164 pages – $34.95
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 – $39.00
‘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 – $20.00
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 – $27.50
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 – $29.50
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 – $24.50
‘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- $39.50
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 – $22.50
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.

Reference

       

Australia in the Great War – P. Payton, hardcover, 272 pages – $56.00
‘Australia in the Great War’ is a timely, comprehensive account of Australia during the First World War. Drawing on many contemporary sources, including personal accounts by soldiers and their families, distinguished historian Philip Payton explores the experiences of ordinary Australians during the global conflict of 1914-1918 and shows how these helped to forge a new and unique national identity.

Australian Soldiers’ Pocket Book (9th edition) – W. Keays, DataCD, 124 pages – $16.50
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

Where the Australians Rest – DataCD, 73 pages – $12.50
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.

Telephone Directory December 1942: Personnel in Military Installations – DataCD, 76 pages – $12.50
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.

Scrapbooking

        

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Birch Craft 12×12 Anzac Cove (colour) – Scrapbooking, 1 sheet – $1.25
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 – $1.25
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 – $2.00
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 – $2.00
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 – $2.00
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.

Feature Art 12×12 Lest We Forget The Great War – Scrapbooking, 1 sheet – $1.95
Creating a tribute page to your WW1 ancestor is easy using the Lest We Forget papers. Double-sided, this sepia toned paper shows an image of men from the Australian Light Horse down the bottom, and men in the trenches up top. A faded map covers the middle and poppies around the border.

Feature Art 12×12 Lest We Forget At the Front – Scrapbooking, 1 sheet – $1.95
This page of journaling boxes and images is ideal as extras for your Australian military themed scrapbook pages. The back of this page contains patterned blocks of colour in co-ordinating colours.

Feature Art 12×12 Lest We Forget Kit – Scrapbooking, 19 pages – $27.50
If you love the Lest We Forget range, you’ll love this kit. This kit contains the following:

3 sheets x The Great War
3 sheets x Gallipoli
3 sheets x 25th April
3 sheets x At the Front
3 sheets x War Time
3 sheets x Victory
1 sheet x Embellishment

Clearance

        

Forward Undeterred: The History of the 23rd Battalion 1915-1918 – R. Austin, hardcover, 312 pages – $59.00 CLEARANCE $54.50
The extensive use of soldier’s diaries and letters in this book, provides the reader with a fascinating insight into the life of an AIF battalion during the Great War of 1914-1918.

Cobbers in Khaki: The History of the 8th Battalion 1914-1918 – R. Austin, paperback, 324 pages – $55.00 CLEARANCE $49.50
The 8th Infantry Battalion was formed in August 1914, and recruited from Ballarat, central and western Victoria. Originally led by Lieutenant Colonel Bolton, the 8th Battalion served with distinction in Egypt, Gallipoli, France and Belgium.

Gallipoli Encyclopedia – R. Austin, hardcover, 288 pages – $65.00 CLEARANCE $54.50
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.

Warrior of Kokoda: A Biography of Brigadier Arnold Potts (Damaged) – B. Edgar, hardcover, 342 pages – $45.00 CLEARANCE $35.00
This is the story of Brigadier Arnold Potts, a Great War and World War Two hero, a country farmer from Western Australia who led the Australian 21st Infantry Brigade in crucial engagements against the Japanese forces in Paupa in 1942. He organised and inspired his outnumbered and out-gunned men to conduct a three-week-long fighting withdrawal back along the Kokoda Track. The Japanese force was eventually fought to a standstill on Ioribaiwa Ridge.

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