In 'Larrikins in Khaki', Tim Bowden has sourced a range of compelling and vivid stories from individual soldiers who fought in WWII, whose memoirs were mostly self-published and who told of their experiences with scant regard for literary pretensions and military niceties.
On the hard-won battlefields of Palestine, North Africa, Burma and beyond—in the midst of exhaustion, pain and bloodshed—rose the spirit of the 'Larrikins in Khaki'.
With their hilarious anecdotes, routine flouting of authority and genuine camaraderie, the Australians who fought in World War II were a wild and courageous bunch. Now their stories will never be forgotten, told in their own colourful voices.
Even amidst the gruelling daily grind, the mounting death toll and the devastation of World War II, the Australian soldiers— or the ‘Diggers’ as they were affectionately known—were a raucous and irreverent lot.
They ridiculed the officers who were hopeless at their jobs, and took the mickey out of each other and their superiors … but above all, they knew when to recognise serious moments of bravery.
Tim Bowden is an acclaimed oral historian, broadcaster, and radio and television documentary maker who, for many years as host of Backchat, was known as the face of the ABC. He is author of many books including the much acclaimed One Crowded Hour: Neil Davis, combat cameraman,The Changi Camera: A unique record of Changi and the Thai-Burma Railway, and the 'Penelope' outback travel series.
The author talk is followed by question time and the opportunity for book signing.
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