ETCHED IN GREEN: The History of the 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion 1939-1946

By: Macfarlan, Graeme

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xiv, + 262pp., map-illustrated (south-west Pacific area) front endpapers. Colour-art illustrated ('Air Raid Casualty, Red Beach, Lae' 1943, Laurie Scott Pendlebury) frontispiece, unpaginated b/white halftone plates (mostly AWM archives) (all called-for plates extant and attached). Intext line-drawn maps (one map incorrectly listed listed in 'List of Maps' as page 75 - in fact on page 73). Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Unit colours printed over undamaged original green cloth front board. Plain, original green cloth rear board mildly bumped on upper foredge corner, else undamaged. Textblock mildly flecked and splotched. Printed, loose-plastic protected dustjacket in fair condition only, with edgewear, creasing, tissue-repaired tears, abrading, plus a thumb-size, vee-shaped piece torn from head of spine. This title is a rare and desirable history of the 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion during the Second World War. From 1930 until the eve of WW2 the 22nd Infantry Battalion was merged with the 29th Infantry Battalion to form the 29th/22nd Infantry Battalion based in Melbourne. In August, 1939, they were split and the 22nd was reformed and headquartered in Leongatha, and was known as the "South Gippsland Regiment". They trained in Victoria and Queensland before transferring to Milne Bay as the Japanese became a growing threat throughout the South Pacific. After much jungle training and patrols in mountainous country, the unit sailed for Lae to prepare for the Huon Peninsula Campaign. It was from Lae that the unit began its epic march around the coast to Finschhafen, all the time pursuing a vastly larger Japanese force. Along with other units the 22nd pushed on to Gusika, Lakona and Fortification Point, overcoming strong opposition but sustaining heavy casualties. Later the unit carried out numerous patrols in the Madang area. After leave and training in Queensland and having received badly needed reinforcements, the 22nd landed at Jacquinot Bay in New Britain where they conducted extensive patrols before moving to Rabaul as part of the occupation force following the Japanese surrender. With the war at an end, the ranks were gradually thinned as men were discharged or transferred. By June, 1946, the 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion was disbanded . . . Contents include: Prelims., Preface, List of Illustrations, List of Maps, Introduction, 10 chapters, Appendices (Roll of Honour, List of Abbreviations), Index. LEST WE FORGET. Book weight approx. 450g.

Title: ETCHED IN GREEN: The History of the 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion 1939-1946

Author Name: Macfarlan, Graeme

Categories: Military History, Australian Military History,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion Association: 1961

Binding: Hardcover and Dustjacket

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Fair

Size: 8vo - over 7¾

Seller ID: 013133

Keywords: Military History, Australia, World War (1939-1945), Unit Histories, Battalion Histories, 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion History, Australian Army, Macfarlan, Graeme, South Gippsland Regiment