Bayonets Abroad: A History of the 2/13th Battalion A.I.F. in the Second World War - Edited by G. H. FearnsideSwanbourne: John Burridge Military Antiques, 1993, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
Signed by Ken Hall, editor of this 2nd edition, with dedication, on the verso first blank — without provenance. Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; List of abbreviations; Roll of honour; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “Bayonets Abroad is an account of the fortunes of the 2/13th Australian Infantry Battalion, A.I.F., in the Second World War.
In the direct and forthright idiom of the fighting soldier, the men who fought in the campaigns have graphically recorded the heroic defence of Tobruk, the great offensive at El Alamein, the battles in New Guinea and Borneo, with all the drama and spectacle that characterised the A.I.F. on active service.
Whereas the military history of this famous battalion runs throughout the volume like a thread of scarlet, other aspects of the soldiers’ life on active service have been written of — the leave cities they visited, the troopships they knew, the stories of the men who fell into enemy hands. By the medium of numerous anecdotes, the pungent humour of the Australian Digger has skilfully been placed on record.
The presentation of such a Unit History is a departure from the ordinary; from cover to cover there is nothing of the impersonal chronology of events that characterise war histories.
Bayonets Abroad is a glowing and personal account of the lusty young Australians who found ultimate victory at the end of the road to high adventure that led across the deserts of Africa and the jungles of the Pacific.”