Title: Such is War – Diaries of a Signalman
Author: Anderson, Cecil
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2013
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 177 pages
Comments: The siege of Tobruk during World War II was a 241 day campaign in Northern Africa critical to the defence of Egypt and the Suez Canal. Tobruk was subjected to repeated ground assaults and constant bombing and shelling by the Italian-German forces. Nazi propaganda called these defenders ‘rats’ a term the Australians took as an ironic compliment.
Cecil Anderson was a signalman during Tobruk campaign. Like many Australians he wrote diaries based on his thoughts and experiences. These diaries have been written with humour and candidness and at times like poetry. He was in a position to receive top secret information on troop movements. He supplemented his diaries with maps and high quality photographs as he was a keen photographer.