Australia’s Secret War: How Unions Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II

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Australia’s Secret War: How Unions Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II
Author
Hal Colebatch
Publisher
Quadrant
Genres
Non Fiction, Prime Minister’s Literary Award
Released
01 August, 2013

Synopsis

Between 1939 and 1945 virtually every major Australian warship, including at different times its entire force of cruisers, was targeted by strikes, go-slows and sabo­tage. Australian soldiers operating in New Guinea and the Pacific Islands went without food, radio equipment and munitions, and Aus­tralian warships sailed to and from combat zones without ammunition, because of strikes at home. Planned rescue missions for Australian prisoners-of-war in Borneo were abandoned because wharf strikes left rescuers without heavy weapons. Officers had to restrain Australian and American troops from killing striking trade unionists.
Hal Colebatch
About the author

Hal Colebatch

Hal Colebatch is an Australian author, poet, lecturer, journalist, editor, and lawyer.Hal has written about twenty-five books. They include poetry (seven volumes), biography (three volumes with a fourth under way), fiction and science fiction (a dozen, some co-written), several institutional histories and even a legal tome of West Australian traffic laws.

Books by Hal Colebatch

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