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The number 1 non-fiction bestseller. More than 100,000 copies sold! 'What we have, we hold' MOttO OF AUStRALIA'S 2/17tH BAttALION In the tradition of his bestselling Kokoda, Peter FitzSimons, Australia's most beloved popular historian, focuses on one of the seminal moments in Australian history: the Battle of tobruk in 1941, in which more than 15 000 Australian troops - backed by British artillery - fought in excruciating desert heat through eight long months, against Adolf Hitler's formidable Afrika Korps. During the dark heart of World War II, when Hitler turned his attention to conquering North Africa, a distracted and far-fl ung Allied force could not give its all to the defence of Libya. So the job was left to the roughest, toughest bunch that could be mustered: the Australian Imperial Force. the AIF's defence of the harbour city of tobruk against the Afrika Korps' armoured division is not only the stuff of Australian legend, it is one of the great battles of all time, as against the might of General Rommel and his Panzers, the Australians relied on one factor in particular to give them the necessary strength against the enemy: mateship. Drawing on extensive source material - including diaries and letters, many never published before - this extraordinary book, written in Peter FitzSimons' highly readable style, is the definitive account of this remarkable chapter in Australia's history. Foreword by Manfred Rommel.

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September 17th, 2014
Bloody brilliant. The reader was there with them.
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August 1st, 2014
Fantastic read. Very hard to put down
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June 3rd, 2014
Thanks. Peter FitzSimons has achieved his objective of bringing the heroics of the Rats of Tobruk back so that we can all learn what can be achieved when you have your mates around. This book, like Kokoda should be on the reading list for all students so they can learn of the importance of the role of the Diggers in the war effort.
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A balanced, engaging account
May 24th, 2014
A well written account that highlights both the humanity and inhumanity that war brings out. We will remember them.
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