Editor's note: Melbourne-born George Johnston served as a correspondent in New Guinea during 1942-43, and later in Burma, China, Tibet, Italy and the North Atlantic, also visiting Japan shortly after its surrender. His trans-Asian wartime travels form the subject of his book Journey Through Tomorrow (1947). Johnston produced several other books about various theatres of war, including New Guinea Diary (1943) and Battle of the Seaways (1941). In this, his most famous work, his fictional substitute David Meredith evokes Australian exhilaration at and complacency about the beginning of another military adventure. It is September 1939, and the mythic passion for fighting in faraway places is burning in Meredith's brother Jack.
From Chapter 14 pp. 299-301, 302