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Allan ‘Acker’ Jones was twenty one when he joined the AIF as a volunteer shortly after the fall of France in June 1940. As a member of the 2/43 Battalion, Ninth Division, he served in North Africa for seven months during the siege of Tobruk and later at the battles for El Alamein. After returning to Australia in 1941, his battalion trained in Queensland for jungle warfare before combating the Japanese in New Guinea. This story vividly describes the locations, events, characters and emotions that one infantryman encountered and experienced from the day he signed up to the day he was discharged in 1945.
188 pages (including index)
Ninth Division Organization
Chapter One - Woodside Army Camp: June – December 1940.
Chapter Two - En route to the Middle East: January 1941.
Chapter Three - Tobruk: February – March 1941.
Chapter Four - Tobruk: April – June 1941.
Chapter Five - Tobruk: July 1941.
Chapter Six - Tobruk: August – September 1941.
Chapter Seven - Tobruk and Palestine: September – December 1941.
Chapter Eight - Syria: January – June 1942.
Chapter Nine - Ruweisat Ridge (Egypt): July 1942.
Chapter Ten - Ruin Ridge (Egypt): July – September 1942.
Chapter Eleven - El Alamein: September – October 1942.
Chapter Twelve - El Alamein: October – November 1942.
Chapter Thirteen - Egypt and aboard Queen Mary: November 1942 – February 1943.
Chapter Fourteen - Australia: February – July 1943.
Chapter Fifteen - New Guinea: August – September 1943.
Chapter Sixteen - New Guinea: October – November 1943.
Chapter Seventeen - New Guinea and Australia: December 1943 – July 1944.
Chapter Eighteen - Australia: August 1944 – May 1945.
Chapter Nineteen - Australia: June – September 1945 .
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