That Magnificent 9th: An Illustrated History of the 9th Australian Division 1940-46

Author(s): Mark Johnston


This is a unique and powerful visual history of the men who fought in the 9th Division, the most famous Australian division of World War II. Many never before published photographs, some from veterans' private collections, illustrate dramatic and moving stories of Tobruk, El Alamein, New Guinea and Borneo. The 9th Division gained renown as Rats of Tobruk' in 1941, were eulogised as that magnificent 9th' by General Montgomery after the battle of El Alamein in 1942, and drew praise from their formidable opponent, Field Marshal Rommel. On the eve of the D-day landing in Normandy, Montgomery's chief-of-staff said 'My God, I wish we had 9th Australian Division with us this morning, don't you?' In 1943, the Division joined the war against Japan and served with distinction in New Guinea undertaking the largest amphibious landing by Australian forces since Gallipoli and in two controversial campaigns in Borneo. That Magnificent 9th is much more than a collection of fine photographs. Together with expert commentary on the illustrations, it provides the first narrative history of the Division's entire wartime experience. It also presents, for the first time, de


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List of mapsAcknowledgementsConventions and abbreviationsIntroduction1 Origins and early days2 Tobruk: crisis and survival3 Tobruk: endurance and relief4 Syrian interlude5 Return to the desert: El Alamein, July 19426 The static period: El Alamein, August-22 October 19427 Climax at El Alamein8 Ho-Ho-Home in 19439 New Guinea, new laurels10 New Guinea: winning the high ground11 'Frustrated isolation': Australia, February 1944-April 194512 Tarakan13 North Borneo14 ConclusionsAppendix 1: 9th Division casualtiesAppendix 2: 9th Division honours and awardsEndnotesBibliographyIndex

General Fields

  • : 9781741146431
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : February 2005
  • : 231mm X 180mm X 19mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mark Johnston
  • : Paperback
  • : 288
  • : Illustrations, maps, ports.