In November 1939, after the outbreak of World War II, Weary signed up for the Australian Army. In April 1942, Weary and his men were captured and became prisoners of war. During this time Weary became known for his leadership and communication skills with the enemy. After the war Weary was committed to caring for war veterans.
(Black Dog Books, $18.99, ISBN: 9781742031767, March 2011)
The Battle of Fromelles in France lasted less than 24 hours – in which more than 5000 Australian soldiers were killed, wounded or taken prisoner.
More Australian soldiers died at Fromelles than in the Boer War, Korean War and Vietnam War combined. What was the purpose of this bloody and ultimately pointless loss of life?
And why, almost a century later, did the world’s attention shift to the village of Fromelles?
(Scholastic, $16.99, ISBN: 9781741698282, 1 March 2011)
It scares me a lot, thinking of Dad out there, far away in that dangerous, terrible place, wondering how it will be when he comes back-if he comes back, that is...
Marie's dad has been away for two years, fighting on the Somme battlefields in northern France. For months there has been no word from him, no letters or postcards. Marie and her mother are sick with worry, so they decide to stop waiting-and instead travel to France, to try to find out what has happened to him.
There she experiences first-hand what war is like, as she tries to piece together the clues behind her dad's disappearance. Will Marie ever see her father again?
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