Title: The Forgotten War

Author: Scott, Francis Peter DSO Col Rtd

Condition: Near Mint – Orange highlight pen has been used throughout the book.

Edition: 1st Edition

Publication Date: 2020

ISBN: 9780646812861

Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 169 pages


This story is the experience of a newly commissioned 20-year-old officer, Peter Scott, into the Australian Army immediately post WW2. He arrives, with fellow graduates from the Royal Military College Duntroon, to participate in the dying days of the Occupation of Japan.

The eighteen months Peter spends in Japan is a mixture of training his platoon, participating in Guards of Honour for VIPs in Kure and Tokyo and guarding the Imperial Palace and other embassies in Tokyo. Life is made more enjoyable by the provision of Japanese to carry out the menial tasks in the battalion including a ‘house girl’ for the personal attention of his clothes and bedroom.

This tranquil experience is interrupted when North Korea invades South Korea in June 1950 and the Australian Government approves the dispatch of Australian Forces to assist the United Nations Force in repelling the North Korean Army. Things get more serious when the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army enters the fray and the United Nations forces, under US Army command, are opposed to this threat for the next two and a half years.

Peter was involved in the most significant operation of the three-year war, ‘Operation Commando’ in October 1951, and was Mentioned in Dispatches for his contribution.