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Serving our Country: Indigenous Australians, war, defence and citizenship

Edited by Joan Beaumont and Allison Cadzow, 448pp, $39.99

Serving Our Country is the first comprehensive history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s participation in Australia’s armed services.

Contributors, including Indigenous lawyer and activist Mick Dodson, Indigenous academic John Maynard and historians Joan Beaumont, Noah Riseman and Allison Cadzow, reveal the courage, resilience, and trauma of Indigenous defence personnel and their families, and document the long struggle to gain recognition of their role in the defence of Australia.

The book provides a rare look into a long-neglected aspect of Australia’s military history.

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An Australian Band of Brothers: Don Company, Second 43rd Battalion, 9th Division

By Mark Johnston, 464pp, $34.99

Follow the exploits of a group of soldiers in the Australian 9th Division, from their enlistment in the dark days of 1940 to the end of the Second World War, through Tobruk, El Alamein, New Guinea and Borneo.

Melbourne historian and teacher Mark Johnston uses the frank and detailed letters, diaries and memoirs of three Australian soldiers to bring their stories to life and show a personal side of the war.

What results is a unique and powerful account of the everyday experiences of a small group of infantry on the front lines.

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Repat: A concise history of repatriation in Australia

By Philip Payton, 236pp, $14.99

In Repat, Flinders University Professor of History Philip Payton tells the story of repatriation in Australia, from the establishment of the Repatriation Department in 1918 (the Department of Veterans’ Affairs from 1976) through every conflict Australia has taken part in, to the modern day. Payton focuses on the evolution of ‘repat’ in this country, as the Australian Government responded to new challenges and opportunities, exploring the changing nature of our repatriation needs. The book is available for free as a PDF from DVA’s website or for $14.99 in print from the Australian War Memorial shop. It forms a companion volume to an earlier history of DVA, The Last Shilling. That work is available from Melbourne University Press in print for $45 or as an ebook at no cost using the order code THELASTSHILLING.

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