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  • Author: David Campbell http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/campbell-david
Issue Details: First known date: 1955 1955
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Alternative title: Zero over Rabaul
  • Appears in:
    y Australia at Arms : An Anthology Norman Bartlett , Canberra : Australian War Memorial , 1955 Z840979 1955 anthology autobiography war literature Canberra : Australian War Memorial , 1955 pg. 179-188
  • Appears in:
    y Flame and Shadow : Selected Stories David Campbell , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1959 Z305217 1959 selected work short story St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1976 pg. 163-178
    Note: With title: Zero over Rabaul
  • Appears in:
    y The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing Mark Dapin (editor), Camberwell : Viking , 2011 Z1828081 2011 anthology extract autobiography correspondence diary war literature

    'From the cliffs of Gallipoli, through the jungles of Vietnam, to the deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq, Australia's short history is a story of war.

    'The battlefield has shaped the way we define ourselves - the Australian values of mateship, courage under fire, larrikinism - but few of us have witnessed these scenes firsthand. Soldiers writing from the front and journalists on the ground have formed the way we think about war and so formed the way we think about ourselves.

    'In The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing, author and journalist Mark Dapin has gathered together the finest of these accounts. Starting with Watkin Tench's observations of an Aboriginal war party, we see the terror, confusion and occasional heroics of the front line through the eyes of some of our best writers, including AB Paterson, Martin Boyd, Patrick White, Alan Moorehead, Kenneth Slessor, Peter Cundall and Barry Heard.

    'These remarkable letters, diaries, memoirs and reports remind us of our history, and of our responsibility in recording and remembering what happens in the wars we send our soldiers to fight. (From the publisher's website.)

    Camberwell : Viking , 2011
    pg. 254-267
    Note: Editor's note: David Campbell (1915-79) won the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) after the RAAF plane he was flying over Rabaul, New Britain, was attacked by a Japanese fighter on 6 February 1942. He wrote prose like Hemingway, and some of Australia's best-remembered war poetry.
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