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A Thousand Men at War – The Story of the 2/16th Battalion (1st Edition)

The book is in fair to average condition with all pages intact and clean. It is a First Edition (1959) book and is a fantastic collectable to add to your collection.

The Dustjacket is worn which is to be expected for its age and a plastic cover has been placed over it which can be taken off.

History of the 2/16th battalion, originally recruited in Western Australia, during the Second World War. Includes nominal roll. pp. xii, 259 illusts.

This is the Battalion History book for 2/16th Australian Infantry Battalion.

The 2/16th Battalion had an outstanding record during the course of the Second World War, both in the Middle Eastern theatre during 1941 and then the South-West Pacific from 1942 until 1945. The unit first saw service during the Syrian Campaign of mid-1941, when it fought a series of engagements at Litani River, Sidon and Damour, thus removing Vichy French forces from Middle East.

Early in 1942 the battalion returned home to man the so-called ‘Brisbane Line’ but in August, with sister battalions in the 21st Brigade, they were hurried to Papua and sent into the Owen Stanley Ranges to repel the Japanese drive towards the vital Port Moresby airfields.

What followed was weeks of fighting withdrawal along the Kokoda Track that were vital in delaying and finally turning back the Japanese advance.

After being withdrawn from the action and rested, the unit was again inserted into fierce battle at Gona Beach in December where, again, they suffered heavy losses.

In late 1943 the 2/16th was sent into the Ramu / Markham Valley Campaign against Japanese forces. The audacious heroism of the Battle for Shaggy Ridge and the Battalion’s part in that series of actions


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