Description

Title: Not a Conquering Hero – The Siege of Tobruk, Battles of Milne Bay, Buna & Shaggy Ridge

Author: Rolleston, Frank

Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 1984

ISBN: 0959140506

Cover: Hard Cover with Dust Jacket – 207 pages

Comments: The history of the 2/9th Battalion during World War II. Scarce as a 1st edition.

This book tells the story of one of the finest battalions of the Second AIF. Formed in November 1939 the 2/9th was the first battalion raised in Queensland and it fought in Giarabub and Tobruk in North Africa, Milne Bay, Cape Endaiadere and Sanananda in Papua, on Shaggy Ridge in New Guinea and at Balikpapan in Borneo.

Over six years of war and seven campaigns the Battalion suffered 975 battle casualties but never lost a man as a prisoner of war and carried every on of its casualties from the field. Those who did not return home lie remembered in carefully tendered graves around the world.

As the successor to the 9th Battalion of the First AIF, the 2/9th wore a rectangular colour patch of Black over Blue with the border of grey that signified the Second AIF. In the years since the end of the war the fact that they wore the Black over Blue has been a great source of pride to the men of the 2/9th Battalion.

Inscription by the author on the front end paper.