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Australia in the War of 1939 1945 (Complete 22 volume set)

Gavin Long et al
Australian War Memorial

Format: Hardcover original cloth binding.
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Condition: VG+ (Very Good plus)

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Australia in the War of 1939–1945 is a 22-volume official history series covering Australian involvement in the Second World War. The series was published by the Australian War Memorial between 1952 and 1977, most of the volumes being edited by Gavin Long, who also wrote three volumes and the summary volume The Six Year War.

In contrast to the Official History of Australia in the War of 1914–1918, the series has a greater focus on the war's impact upon domestic events, including volumes on operations of the Australian Government and contributions made by Australian industry and science. Australia in the War of 1939–1945 includes a series on the history of the Australian military medical services and the problems encountered by these services during the war.

 Series 1 – Army

  • Volume I – To Benghazi – Gavin Long (1961 reprint with corrections)
  • Volume II – Greece, Crete and Syria – Gavin Long (1953 first edition) some discolouration to front cloth
  • Volume III – Tobruk and El Alamein – Barton Maughan (1966 first edition)
  • Volume IV – The Japanese Thrust – Lionel Wigmore (1968 reprint)
  • Volume V – South–West Pacific Area – First Year: Kokoda to Wau – Dudley McCarthy (1959 first edition)
  • Volume VI – The New Guinea Offensives – David Dexter (1968 reprint)
  • Volume VII – The Final Campaigns – Gavin Long (1963 first edition)

Series 2 – Navy

  • Volume I – Royal Australian Navy, 1939–1942 – G. Hermon Gill (1957 first edition)
  • Volume II – Royal Australian Navy, 1942–1945 – G. Hermon Gill (1968 first edition)


Series 3 – Air [

  • Volume I – Royal Australian Air Force, 1939–1942 – Douglas Gillison (1962 first edition)
  • Volume II – Air War Against Japan, 1943–1945 – George Odgers (1968 reprint)
  • Volume III – Air War Against Germany and Italy, 1939–1943 – John Herington (1962 reprint)
  • Volume IV – Air Power Over Europe, 1944–1945 – John Herington (1963 first edition)


Series 4 – Civil

  • Volume I – The Government and the People, 1939–1941 – Paul Hasluck (1965 reprint)
  • Volume II – The Government and the People, 1942–1945 – Paul Hasluck (1970 first edition)
  • Volume III – War Economy, 1939–1942 – S.J. Butlin (1955 first edition)
  • Volume IV – War Economy, 1942–1945 – S.J. Butlin and C. B. Schedvin (1977 first edition)
  • Volume V – The Role of Science and Industry – David P. Mellor (1958 first edition)


Series 5 – Medical

  • Volume I – Clinical Problems of War – Allan S. Walker (1962 reprint)
  • Volume II – Middle East and Far East – Allan S. Walker (1962 reprint)
  • Volume III – The Island Campaigns – Allan S. Walker (1962 reprint)
  • Volume IV – Medical Services of the Royal Australian Navy and Royal Australian Air Force with a section on women in the Army Medical Services – Allan S. Walker and others (1961 first edition)


Original cloth. No dustjackets. Exceptionally heavy. (Please contact us re. postage) #1019


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