Desert Boys

Author(s): Peter Rees


Australians and New Zealanders fought with great distinction in the deserts of North Africa and the Middle East in both World Wars—in places that are now part of our history. Told through the diaries and letters of those who were there, Desert Boys brings to life the experiences, hardships, adventures and tragedies of wars fought a long way from home and reveals hitherto untold stories of bravery. More than 2,200 Australians died in the desert campaigns in WWI, while another 3,500 died in the desert and Mediterranean campaigns in WWII. Thousands more carried the wounds of war for the rest of their lives. Countless more were the families who mourned them. A ripple effect of grief passed down the generations. This is the story of Australia's desert wars as never before told. Using letters, diaries, interviews and unpublished memoirs, Desert Boys provides a powerful insight into the thoughts, feelings and experiences of two generations of Australian soldiers. In many cases these were fathers and sons going to successive wars with all the tragedy, adventure and hardship that brought. These are extraordinary stories of bravery and hope, of mateship and adversity a very long way from home.

2011. First edition, first printing. A very good copy only marked by light shelf rubbing to the base of the spine and light age tanning of the pages. The d/w is fine.


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Peter Rees is the author of Other Anzacs, The Boy from Boree Creek, Killing Juanita and Tim Fischer's Outback Heroes.

General Fields

  • : 9781741142921
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : 0.3
  • : September 2011
  • : 230mm X 152mm
  • : Australia
  • : November 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

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  • : 994.00
  • : 1111
  • : Hardback
  • : Peter Rees