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Roland Griffiths-Marsh was just sixteen years old when he enlisted to fight with the Australian Imperial Force in the Second World War. By war's end, he was an old man of twenty-two who would remain haunted by his wartime experiences for the rest of his life. Told with the heart of a true warrior-poet, this is Griffiths-Marsh's searing, real-life coming-of-age story. A first hand account of the Australian Digger at war, from the billiard table-flat deserts of North Africa, the ruins of the fortress of Tobruk, the fragrant olive groves of Greece and Crete, to the seedy back-alleys of Australia's cities and then to the dank jungles of Borneo. A decorated infanteer and special forces operative, the author pulls no punches in this classic anti-war tale. Winner of the Victorian Premier's inaugural Literary Award Prize for Non-Fiction and winner of the Best Australian Book of the Year from the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies when published under its original title, "The Sixpenny Soldier".
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Roland Griffiths-Marsh was born in Penang, Malaya, in 1923, the fourth child of a French woman and an Australian sea captain. As a child he dreamed of going to sea but was fated instead to go to war. While still in his teens he served in the Second World War, fighting with the 2/8 Infantry Battalion AIF in the many battles against German and Italian troops in Greece and North Africa. He later served as an Operative with Z Special Unit commanding Dyak head-hunters in highly successful operations against the Japanese in Borneo. For his part in these operations he was awarded the Military Medal. After the war he resumed his education and subsequently became an executive in two multinational firms. Roland Griffiths-Marsh, MM passed away in December 2012.
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Book Description Imprint, 1995. Soft Cover. Condition: Fine. 386 pages. Seller Inventory # 109628
Book Description Editions Tom Thompson, Australia, 1999. Paper Back. Condition: Very Good. 386 pages. The book is a little worn and foxed. Size: Size D: 7"-8" Tall (177-203mm). Seller Inventory # 149732
Book Description Editions Tom Thompson, 1995. Soft cover. Condition: Good. Book has spine lean / name inscription to 1st inside page. Seller Inventory # 001422