BOOK REVIEW | Great Australian World War II Stories – From the Annals of the RSL


Edited by John Gatfield 

For non-Australians, the RSL is the national association of returned soldiers, sailors and airmen. In other words, surviving former warriors.

Unfortunately, given that it is 72 years since Australia’s last major war ended, the number of actual warriors still involved with the RSL is rapidly declining. So, it is fortunate indeed that more than seventy short stories describing their experiences have been collected in this one excellent volume.

The authors are both male and female and they fought in Europe, the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian oceans as well as in Asia, the Middle East and the Pacific islands. Their experiences were good and bad, some humorous and some grim. All, though, are interesting.

The RSL and the editor are to be congratulated on recording this history before it fades away. 

Available from Harper Collins, Sydney, Australia.


Neil Baird

Co-founder and former Editor-in-Chief of Baird Maritime and Work Boat World magazine, Neil has travelled the length and breadth of this planet in over 40 years in the business. He knows the global work boat industry better than anyone.