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Albury to El Alamein and Back!

A Memoir of Life in the Australian 9th Division Cavalry Regiment

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Les Cossor is typical of the huge number of young Australian men who, without hesitation, 'joined up' for military service during the Second World War.

Born and raised in the town of Albury on the New South Wales border, his story spans five years of service in the Australian 9th Division Cavalry Regiment as a motorcycle despatch rider and outlines the activities of the Regiment through his personal experiences.

From basic training in Victoria and voyage to the Middle East for duty in Palestine, Lebanon, the rugged mountains of Syria and baking western desert of Egypt, this story reflects the warm and enduring friendships formed by ordinary young men in the midst of the most complex and tumultuous conflict the world has ever seen.

This is a personal account of life in the Australian Army in the Middle East written by a soldier from a working class background. It is also an insight into a generation now almost lost to us. Lest we forget.

Customer Reviews

A great read

I enjoyed reading this book immensely.

An enriching account of a wartime experience

This is an extraordinary and lucid account of how war transformed the life of a young man, transporting him from a rural Australian life to distant corners of the globe, introducing him to new lands and unknown people during the time of conflict. It is an enriching journey and a reminder of simpler times and the underpinning values which allowed many to survive such an experience. It is a compelling read and one I highly recommend.

Albury to El Alamein and Back!
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  • $2.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Military
  • Published: 12 February 2010
  • Publisher: Ian Cossor Design
  • Seller: Ian Cossor Design
  • Print Length: 84 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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