Fighting the Enemy: Australian Soldiers and their Adversaries in World War II (Paperback)
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Fighting the Enemy: Australian Soldiers and their Adversaries in World War II (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 24/09/2009
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Fighting The Enemy, first published in 2000, is about men with the job of killing each other. Based on the wartime writings of hundreds of Australian front-line soldiers during World War II, this powerful and resonant book contains many moving descriptions of high emotion and drama. Soldiers' interactions with their enemies are central to war and their attitudes to their adversaries are crucial to the way wars are fought. Yet few books look in detail at how enemies interpret each other. This book is an unprecedented and thorough examination of the way Australian combat soldiers interacted with troops from the four powers engaged in World War II: Germany, Italy, Vichy France and Japan. Each opponent has themes peculiar to it: the Italians were much ridiculed; the Germans were the most respected of enemies; the Vichy French were regarded with ambivalence; while the Japanese were the subject of much hostility, intensified by the real threat of occupation.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521119955
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: '[The book's] great strength is that it shows how vividly personal war is when soldiers are allowed to speak for themselves.' The Weekend Australian
Review of the hardback: ' ... an excellent and very highly recommended book. On one level, a good history of Australian conflicts in World War II. On another level, the very personal experiences of Australians in battle. On yet another level, a study of group Australian behaviour in times of conflict and crisis.' Law Society Journal
"Johnston has made an important contribution to our understanding of the ways in which Australian soldiers perceived their different enemies in the Second World War." International History Review
"He offers the ideas and observations of ordinary soldiers on a matter commonly overlooked in war histories that focus on strategy or on the narrative of campaigns." Contemporary Pacific

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