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Aussie Soldier Up Close and Personal

Up Close and Personal

Authors: Denny Neave, Craig Smith

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“A soldier is asked to kill and keep the peace, to lay down his life and carry out what his country asks of him, he is a son, brother, father, uncle and mate”.

Spanning a long history of wars, battles, and peacekeeping missions around the world, Aussie Soldier Up Close and Personal is a collection of anecdotes of life in military uniform. In a flood of heart-warming, confronting and humorous stories, it gathers never before-published diary extracts and personal perspectives that shed light on the Australian soldier’s experience.

Aussie Soldier Up Close and Personal is a fascinating and vivid account of the unique characteristics that shape an Australian soldier.

Author Denny Neave has created an exceptional book featuring the personal anecdotes and experiences of Aussie soldiers from World War One to current conflicts. With the assistance of over 200 Australian soldiers both young and old, Aussie Soldier provides up close and personal perspectives on what being a soldier means to them.

A compilation of confronting, thoughtful and often humorous anecdotes plus excerpts from previously unpublished diaries and interviews,  Aussie Soldier takes us from the battle grounds of Europe, to the jungles of Vietnam and New Guinea, the desert sands of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as peace keeping missions in Rwanda, Timor and Somalia.

‘I wanted to create a book that personalised the Australian soldier and showcased the core values that make them do the things they do.  Aussie Soldier isn’t about the glorification of war or detailing military history, it’s about recognising individuals and what goes through their mind and heart when placed in unimaginable situations. From the mundane to the heroic, it’s the soldiers who are the main players in these events”

Created as fifteen separate chapters, Aussie Soldier includes those focusing on the core values of compassion, mateship, courage, initiative, loyalty, integrity and trust as well as others on close calls in battle and digger’s diaries. In addition, a 30 page battle book provides an accessible snapshot on some of the major conflicts mentioned within the individual stories.

The anecdotes of our Australian soldiers from 87 year old veteran Captain Bede Tong who served during WWII in New Guinea including Kokoda, to Corporal David Hawkins who served in Rwanda, Somali and Timor provide an insight that extends beyond the mainstream perception of the tough Aussie soldier

Denny Neave

Denny Neave

Denny Neave lives in Queensland. His family’s military history began with his Great Great Uncle Ted Hawkins who served in the Crimean war, the Boer War and WWI. His Great Grand Father, John Lingard Neave, served in the navy during WWI and Grand Father John Lingard Neave the second, served with the Militia in New […]

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Craig Smith

Craig Smith

Craig Smith lives in Sydney and is a teacher by trade. His family’s military service began in Australia with Private James McManus in the NSW’s Corps in 1788 and Corporal James Frazer in Lieutenant Colonel Macquarie’s 73rd Foot in 1809. By design or circumstance, his grandfathers and father could not serve in WW1 and WW2.  […]

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