Dedication: I dedicate this book to the two families I love so much. First, and more than anything, my own dear wife, Lynne, and sons Stephen, Philip and David, and my sister, Stephanie, all of whom are the greatest source of inspiration and comfort to me. Secondly, I dedicate this story to that other great family in my life, the men and women of the Australian Defence Force and their own families and loved ones - ordinary people who are extraordinary Australians. To have had their affection and support has always made me the luckiest of men.
Author's note: 'This book is my personal story, from boyhood to battlefield and beyond, written in my own words, reflecting my own life.' (Dustcover)