Australian Army Campaign Series
Big Sky Publishing, Newport NSW 2018
Paperback 188pp RRP: $19.99
Reviewer: Mike O’Brien, December 2018
Meleah Hampton, The Battles of Pozières 1916
Jonathan Passlow, The Battle of Polygon Wood 1917
William Westerman, The Battle of Broodseinde Ridge, 1917
Nicholas Anderson, The Battle of Milne Bay 1942
Dayton McCarthy, The Battle of Maryang San 1951
Here are a further five volumes in the Australian Army Campaigns Series. Since production of these monographs was directed in 2004, their aim has not altered. They are to promote the study and understanding of military history within the Army, particularly for its future generation of leaders. In every case they concentrate on Leadership, command, strategy, tactics, lessons and personal experiences of war. They have a visual as well as a verbal focus: they all have excellent maps, commissioned artwork, photographs and computer-produced illustrations. The target audience is centered on lieutenants and captains but extends widely. Because they are available to the public at a very reasonable price, they have promulgated a series of very useful books that are brief and authoritative.
There are now 23 volumes in the Campaigns set with others to follow. They presently cover campaigns from the Sudan to the Vietnam War, with titles hopefully in preparation for subsequent engagements. There are further titles in the Military History and Combat Support series. In all they form a superb resource for both the target audience and the community.
In each case the titles listed are tributes to the professionalism of the authors and the supervising editorial team under the Army History Unit (AHU). AHU should be justifiably proud of this series – it is an investment in Army’s future.