20th Battalion AIF – The Unit History is finally being written!

Hi Everyone,

We are delighted to announce that the unit history of the 20th Battalion AIF is currently being researched and written and hopefully will be out in 2014. The battalion has never had it’s World War 1 history written and now is your chance to contribute to it.

Walter_Ernest_Brown_VC_20th_BnSergeant Walter Ernest Brown VC, DCM of the 20th Battalion, AIF.

If anyone has any information or pictures of members of the battalion that you would be happy to contribute to this publication, we’d love to hear from you. Either email us at info@regimental-books.com.au or give us a call on 07-3865-2615.

And if you are interested in a copy and want to know when it’s available, just subscribe to the Back in Stock Notification for the 20th Battalion unit history book.

A brief history of the battalion…

The 20th Battalion was raised at Liverpool in New South Wales in March 1915 as part of the 5th Brigade. A sprinkling of the 20th’s original recruits had already served with the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) in the operations to capture German New Guinea in 1914. The 20th left Australia in late June, trained in Egypt from late July until mid-August, and on 22 August landed at Anzac Cove.

Arriving at Gallipoli just as the August offensive petered out, the 20th’s role there was purely defensive. From 26 August, until its withdrawal from the peninsula on 20 December, the 20th Battalion was responsible for the defence of Russell’s Top.

After further training in Egypt, the 20th Battalion proceeded to France. It entered the trenches of the Western Front for the first time in April 1916 and in the following month had the dubious honour of being the first Australian battalion to be raided by the Germans. The 20th took part in its first major offensive around Pozières between late July and the end of August 1916. After a spell in a quieter sector of the front in Belgium, the 2nd Division, which included the 5th Brigade, came south again in October. The 20th Battalion provided reinforcements for the attack near Flers between 14 and 16 November, launched in conditions that Charles Bean described as the worst ever encountered by the AIF.

In 1917, the 20th was involved in the follow-up of German forces after their retreat to the Hindenburg Line, and was one of four battalions to defeat a counter-stroke by a German force, almost five times as strong, at Lagnicourt. The Battalion took part in three major battles before the year was out, second Bullecourt (3-4 May) in France, and Menin Road (20-22 September) and Poelcappelle (9-10 October) in Belgium.

The spring of 1918 brought a major German offensive. The 20th Battalion was one of many Australian battalions rushed to stop it, and it encountered some particularly severe fighting when ordered to attack at Hangard Wood on 7 April. With the German Army’s last desperate offensive defeated, the 20th participated in the battles that pushed it ever closer to defeat: Amiens on 8 August, the legendary attack on Mont St Quentin on 31 August, and the forcing of the Beaurevoir Line around Montbrehain on 3 October. Montbrehain was the battalion’s last battle of the war. It was disbanded on 20 April 1919.

We’d love to hear from anyone who also may have had a relative serve in the battalion.

Good Reading,

Glenn and the Regimental Books Team

 

 

 

 

We are now BUYING… military books and militaria!

Hi Everyone,

We want your books and militaria and are currently look to buy collections or single items!

Australian military books and unit history titles – World War 1, World War 2, Vietnam War, Iraq and Afghanistan

Australian military badges, patches, war medals

Uniforms, helmets, field equipment, bayonets

Shopping1-300x300If you have any unwanted items please give us a call – 07-3865-2615 or 0412-193-945.

Or email us today – info@regimental-books.com.au

We’ll give you a great deal!

Glenn
Regimental Books

 

 

 

Regimental Books Top 10 Military Books – Action, Excitement and the AIF.

Hi Everyone,

Want to know what the best selling Australian unit history books are?top10Here’s the latest Regimental Books Top 10 Best Sellers – these are flying off our shelves!

1) Fighting Nineteenth – History of the 19th Battalion AIF 1915 – 1918

One of the best written unit histories of all time, this title by David Wilson and Wayne Matthews covers the story of one of the famous NSW Battalions during World War 1 – the 19th Battalion AIF.

2) Battle Scarred – The 47th Battalion in the First World War

In a tight battle for the No 1 spot, this is another easy to read and supurbly written unit history on a combined Queensland and Tasmanian unit in World War 1 – the 47th Battalion AIF.

3) Gallipoli to Tripoli – History of the 10th Light Horse Regiment AIF 1914-1919

A fantastic Light Horse unit history. This all new regimental history seeks to complement and add to Arthur Olden’s earlier history, first published in 1921.

4)  “Legs-Eleven” – Being the Story of the 11th Battalion (A.I.F.) in the Great War of 1914 – 1918

Love the title! One of the best written contemporary unit histories and a must read for any more interested in this famous Western Australian battalion.

5) Leane’s Battalion – History of the 48th Battalion A.I.F.

Written by one of Australia’s prominent military historians, this is the detailed history of the battalion from its formation in Egypt in 1916 to its war service on the Western Front.

6) Hell’s Bells and Mademoiselles

Hell’s Bells and Mademoiselles is the thrilling eyewitness account of the role of 18th Battalion AIF in the First World War by one of its most decorated soldiers, the irrepressible Joe Maxwell.

7) Canister! On! Fire! Australian Tank Operations in Vietnam

Years in the writing and meticulously researched, this is unit history of Australian tanks in the jungles of South Vietnam. The author, Bruce Cameron was a decorated Troop Leader with the 1st Armoured Regiment in South Vietnam.

8) History of the 15th Battalion AIF 1914 – 1918

A contemporary account of the 15th Battalion AIF, a Queensland battalion who landed on Gallipoli on the 25th April, 1915 and later saw extensive service on the Western Front. A fascinating read!

9) The 7th Light Horse Regiment 1914-1919

A superior quality reprint of one of the scarcest and most sought after World War One Light Horse unit history books. This book has been very rare and much sought after for many years, and is now made available by Regimental Books. his is the only edition to contain a Nominal Roll  – a list of all the soldiers who served in the regiment. The names of the soldiers are listed by Squadron and reinforcements.

10) The Fighting Thirteenth – History of the Thirteenth Battalion AIF

Sneaking into 10th spot is Thomas White’s contemporary account of the 13th Battalion – another famous infantry battalion which was raised in New South Wales.

Well there you go – 10 great military titles and all a jolly good read.

If your interested in a copy, just click on the link for the book, “Add to Cart” and then follow the check out process and you’ll soon enjoy reading about the cracking exploits of the men and women who made the Anzac legend!

Good Reading,

Glenn and the Regimental Books Team

The Black Soil, Plains and Beyond – the 1st Australian Armoured Division

Hi Everyone,

Last year we saw the launch of Cate Clark’s history of the 1st Australian Armoured Division “To Fight and Do Our Best – The 1st Australian Armoured Division in Gunnedah 1942-1943” which covered the division’s activities in New South Wales during 1942 to 1943.

The Black Soil, Plains and Beyond - the 1st Australian Armoured Division

Kate has contacted Regimental Books and has advised us that she is working on a second book called “Black Soil Plains and Beyond“. And yes, I’m very excited about it as her first title was a fascinating read.

The Black Soil, Plains and Beyond - the 1st Australian Armoured Division

In this book she plans to tell the story of the Division around Narrabri/Moree/Wee Waa in a lot more depth as well as what happened to the veterans who comprised it after they left Narrabri; some travelling to Western Australia to act as defence against a possible invasion by the Japanese, others making their way to Queensland and on to the Torres Strait Islands.

She’s already conducted many interviews with veterans and is now actively writing the book.

The Black Soil, Plains and Beyond - the 1st Australian Armoured Division
What she really needs is for people to look through their old photo albums for pictures of the time or information about the 1st Armoured Division.

If you can help out contact Kate, please drop us an email.

And if you are interested in a copy, please subscribe to the Back in Stock Notification for this title. We are hoping it will be out in 2013.

Good Reading,

Glenn and the Regimental Books Team

Top 10 Australian Military History Books

Hi Everyone,

With Anzac Day just around the corner, I thought I’d share our Top 10 Best Sellers with you all.

These are amongst the best written unit history books and will make for a fascinating read for anyone interested in Australian Military History.

Regimental Books - Top 10 Best Sellers

No 1

Battle Scarred – The 47th Battalion in the First World War by Craig Deayton

Battle Scarred - The 47th Battalion in the First World War

No 2

Fighting Nineteenth – History of the 19th Battalion AIF 1915 – 1918 by David Wilson and Wayne Mathews

Fighting Nineteenth - History of the 19th Battalion AIF 1915 - 1918

No 3

Leane’s Battalion – History of the 48th Battalion A.I.F. by Neville Browning

Leane's Battalion - History of the 48th Battalion A.I.F.

No 4

“Legs-Eleven” – Being the Story of the 11th Battalion (A.I.F.) in the Great War of 1914 – 1918 by Walter C Bedford

“Legs-Eleven” - Being the Story of the 11th Battalion (A.I.F.) in the Great War of 1914 - 1918

No 5

The 7th Light Horse Regiment 1914-1919 by John Dalyell Richardson

The 7th Light Horse Regiment

No 6

A Thousand Men at War – The Story of the 2/16th Battalion, A.I.F. by Malcolm Uren

A Thousand Men at War

No 7

History of the 15th Battalion AIF 1914 – 1918 by Thomas Percival Chataway

History of the 15th Battalion

No 8

The Story of the Twenty-First – Being the Official History of the 21st Battalion AIF by A R MacNeil

The Story of the Twenty-First

No 9

The Thirty-Ninth – The History of the 39th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force by Alexander Thomas Paterson

The Thirty-Ninth

No 10

The Fighting Thirteenth – History of the Thirteenth Battalion AIF by Thomas Alexander White

The Fighting Thirteenth

Are you interested in any of these?

They are all available from the Regimental Books Online Store but be quick! They are all selling fast.

Good Reading,

Glenn and the Regimental Books Team

Unit History of the 25th Battalion (Darling Downs Regiment) – Toowoomba to Torokina

Hi Everyone,

An exciting new militia battalion unit history is now out and will be shortly available from Regimental Books. Toowoomba’s military historian Bob Doneley has written an exciting new title on the 25th Battalion (Darling Downs Regiment).

Toowoomba to Torokina – The 25th Battalion in peace and war, 1918–45

Toowoomba to Torokina - The 25th Battalion in peace and war, 1918–45

In 1942 Australia faced its greatest peril as Japanese forces advanced rapidly southward. The philippines, Hong Kong, Malaya, Singapore and Indonesia had all fallen and the only land mass of significance between the Japanese and Australia was the island of Papua and New Guinea. If it fell, Australia, too, would eventually fall, effectively delivering the entire south-west Pacific into Japanese hands.

With the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) fighting in North Africa or entering captivity in Singapore, the defence of New Guinea fell to a handful of Militia units. These units, a mix of pre-war volunteers and conscripts, were given the task of defending the approaches to Port Moresby, New Guinea’s capital city. While most Australians are aware of the defence of the northern approach to Port Moresby over the Kokoda Track, few are familiar with the earlier battle to defend the eastern approach through Milne Bay. Without the battles of Kokoda and Milne Bay, Port Moresby would have fallen and with it, New Guinea.

Like Kokoda, the initial Japanese thrust at Milne Bay was met and halted by untried Militia troops. Experienced AIF battalions then counter-attacked and drove the Japanese back, securing Port Moresby, New Guinea — and Australia itself. One of the Militia units that held the Japanese at Milne Bay was the 25th Battalion from Toowoomba and the Darling Downs, originally raised prior to the First World War. From Milne Bay, the 25th Battalion went on to fight in Bougainville, clearing the Japanese from one of their last strongholds north of Australia. Toowoomba to Torokina traces the proud history of the 25th Battalion from the end of one war to end of the next.

It tells the story of the men from Toowoomba and the Darling Downs who answered the call to fight a war that would threaten their country’s very existence. Like their First World War predecessors, they fought a determined foe in hellish conditions with, as the Battalion’s motto decrees, ‘Never a Backwards Step’.

Available from the Regimental Books Online store.

Good Reading,

Glenn and the Regimental Books Team

An Update – Gallipoli to Tripoli – History of the 10th Light Horse Regiment AIF 1914-1919

Hi Everyone,

A quick update for you all.

Neville Browning’s recent title “Gallipoli to Tripoli – History of the 10th Light Horse Regiment AIF 1914-1919″ sold out very quickly before Christmas however more copies should be available soon.

If you are chasing a copy, please click here to sign up for our Back in Stock Notification to receive an email when it is back in stock.

This all new regimental history seeks to complement and add to Arthur Olden’s earlier history, first published in 1921. The author’s have sought to shed new light and information on the doings of the 10th Light Horse Regiment, from it’s formation in Perth in October 1914 until the end of the Great War and Egyptian Uprising.

Good Reading,

Glenn and the Regimental Books Team

New Research – 1st Australian Armoured Division

Hi Everyone,

Cate Clark, the author of “To Fight and Do Our Best – The 1st Australian Armoured Division in Gunnedah 1942-1943” is seeking your assistance and is after information  about the 1st Australian Armoured Division from 1942 to 1945.

General Stuart tank and crew near Narrabri 1942General Stuart tank and crew near Narrabri 1942

Having recently published To Fight and Do Our Best – a book devoted to dealing with the Armoured Division during its stay in the region of Gunnedah NSW in 1942/43 – Cate is now looking to expand on the Division’s story.

In 1942 units of this elite Division took part in the most extensive land exercises (manoeuvres) that Australia had ever witnessed. In November of that same year the 20,000 men of the Division were then reorganised with half of the soldiers going to Western Australia to guard Australia’s ‘back door’ and the remaining sent onto Queensland and to a new Division – the 3rd Australian Armoured Division. Cate intends to follow the soldiers and to recount their story.

Some 1st Australian Armoured Division memorabilia

Some 1st Australian Armoured Division memorabilia

Cate is seeking any veterans that have not already been contacted by her and also any residents of the many towns that the Units passed through, or called ‘home’, who would be interested in contributing their recollections or photographs of that time.

Cate can be contacted on 0408 425564 or via email at info@writerightmedia.com.au

Alternatively, information can be sent to Regimental Books.

Good Reading,

Glenn and the Regimental Books Team

Game to the Last – The 11th Infantry Battalion at Gallipoli

Hi Everyone,

I have some exciting news – “Game to the Last – The 11th Infantry Battalion at Gallipoli” by James Hurst has been reprinted and is now readily available again.

Game to the Last - the 11th Battalion at Gallipoli

The narrative follows the battalion members as they leave their homes and lives in Western Australia, embark for overseas service, experience the excitement and boredom of arid and exotic Egypt, and undergo their baptism of fire in the first wave of the Australian and New Zealand landings at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

Game To the Last casts its net wide to find and tell these men’s stories and is the culmination of many years’research. Author James Hurst has visited the men’s training grounds and battlefields, homes and graves. Many previously unpublished personal accounts provide the heart of the narrative, while extensive research provides context and colour.

This is a story about sons, brothers, husbands who became soldiers in a bloody war on foreign soil. Their experiences are documented and retold with admiration and respect, and remind the reader of the human face of war.

Available shortly from the Regimental Books Online Store for only $34.95.

Copies are on their way so please subscribe to the Back in Stock Notification to be notified when copies have arrived and be amongst the first to get your copy.

Good Reading,

Glenn and the Regimental Books Team

 

Wounds and Scars – From Gallipoli to France, The History of the 2nd Field Ambulance, 1914 – 1919

Hi Folks,

I’m delighted to announce a new Australian unit history has now become available.

Wounds and Scars – From Gallipoli to France, The History of the 2nd Field Ambulance, 1914 – 1919 by Ron Austin.

This is a unit history of the 2nd Field Ambulance which was raised in Victoria in 1914. After training at Broadmeadows camp it sailed to Egypt and after several months training in the desert it landed at Gallipoli with the 2nd Brigade on the 25th April 1915. The work done by the Stretcher Bearers in evacuating the wounded from Gallipoli is often described in the words of the participants. After the evacuation of Gallipoli the unit trained in Egypt before moving to the shell-pocked, muddy wasteland of the Western Front in April 1916. The same dedication to duty continued through the three long years in France and Belgium. The use of personal diaries and letters enhance the story of this fine Victorian AIF unit.

Available now in the Regimental Books Online Store for  $55.

Good Reading,
Glenn