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By Arthur Banks

This can be a targeted learn of the clash of 1914-18 on land, sea and within the air, via maps, diagrams and illustrations. in the scope of a few 250 maps, Arthur Banks has provided either vast normal surveys of political and armed forces process, and the main heavily researched information of significant person campaigns and engagements. those are supplemented by way of finished research of army strengths and command buildings and illustrations.

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He brings on his big smile, ‘Maybe we’re no good at doing nothing much else, but we’re all experts on covering our arses. We know how to look out for each other. ’ ‘Dead right,’ Flow offers again. ’ Bongface goes on. ‘The government spent a lot of bread training us and we learned it all in Vietnam. If we can’t run something’ like this we couldn’t run a chook raffle in a pub full a drunks. Me personally, I’ve smoked every kind of weed you can name. ’ He gives us all his humungous smile, ‘If it were anything else, I agree, we’d be history, but this thing we can do.

Yeah, well, you know what I mean, I couldn’t locate the four others who were with us in the battle,’ he says, impatient to continue. Fifteen of our platoon were Long Tan survivors so he’s done pretty good. ‘Fair enough,’ I say. Shorty’s anxious to go on, jerking his thumb in the direction of the pub, ‘Pub’s practically next door where we can all stay the night, Spags and Lawsy, me too. We’ll be too pissed to drive home and the Sydney blokes will need late night and early mornin’ drinking partners anyway.

He shouts, tinging the lip of his wine glass with the blade of a knife. It’s the same old Shorty di Maggio, platoon sergeant, always organising the mob. Reminding us, just by the way he stands, that he’s permanent army and we’re nashos. Though there was no difference in Vietnam, some of the nashos scrubbed up a damn sight better than the regulars and Shorty knows it. ’ In Vietnam they said it was a corporal’s war because in the jungle the corporal was the section leader, but I gotta tell, Shorty near ran the battalion and here he’s at it again.

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