The Coastwatchers performed the dangerous and lonely job of reporting enemy activity across the islands douring World War 2. To learn more about these brave coastwatchers please see: Books
Some great new unit books are now back in stock. These sell quick so be quick to get your copy! Some popular titles include 'Cobbers in Khaki' (8th Battalion AIF WW1), Fighting Fourth (Sydney's 4th Battalion AIF WW1), Cycling To War (Cyclist Corps WW1), Fighting Nineteenth (19th Battalion AIF WW1), As Rough As Bags (6th Battalion AIF WW1) and Purple Devils (2/6th Australian Commandos WW2).
Are you looking for a rare Military book? Just can't find it anywhere? Email us here at Booksforever and we will do our best to find the book for you. From the Boer War to Present day conflicts there are now thousands of war books across many subjects. We can let you know within 24 hours if we can help - no obligation.
- Interested in the 7th Battalion AIF World War 1? There are two great books on the very unit! 'The Seventh Battalion AIF' by Arthur Dean & W Gutteridge and 'Our Dear Old Battalion' by Ron Austin. Both books are in stock and will provide you and your family information regarding the activities and history of this WW1 unit. Our Dear Old Battalion contains the added information of Battle Honours; Prisoners of War; Honour Roll; Honour and Awards; Enlistments from the Citizen Forces; Nominal Roll.
- What are some of the most popular books? I do get asked this on occasion; and it is good question. The most popular books sold on this website are World War 1 Infantry Battalion unit histories. To narrow it down even more, at present books on the 9th Battalion AIF, and 7th Battalion AIF are the leading units.
- What is todays' store pick?
Today we look at 'They Rode Into History'. This unit history is the story of the 8th Light Horse Regiment Australian Imperial Force 1914-1919 in World War 1. Like all great and complete unit books They Rode Into History includes the important stats like casualty numbers, honours and awards, battle honours, embarkation ex melbourne, 8th light horse nominal roll.
- Interested in the 55th Battalion AIF World War 1? Then there is only one book that has written the history of this proud Australian fighting unit. It is called 'From Snowy To The Somme'. It was released just a couple of months back and is a great read. Author Tim Cook did a Q&A for the book sometime back which you can read here: Tim Cook Q&A
- Unit history books are one of the only ways a Military Units history can be recorded for not only today's readers, family members and researchers but for all future generations to learn of the deeds and actions of Australian Soldiers during the Wars they were sent to fight in. From the Boer War to present day conflicts, unit histories record forever the important contributions of our fighting men and woman and so shall they not be forgotten.
- Just finished reading the 'Body Snatchers' by Ron Austin. It is the history of the 3rd Field Ambulance in World War 1. An amazing unit history; as all books by Ron Austin are. Highly recommended.
- With Australian Unit histories getting rarer, the prices are on the rise. Many of the books you see on site now are on their 'last legs' as far as availability is concerned. Don't wait until it's too late to order. If you do you may be looking at prices higher than you expected!
With such a large selection of research and reference material available today on Australia’s War and Military history; the task of researching a relative’s past Military service has been made much easier.
At Booksforever we specialize in Unit histories (books that record a specific Military Units history during/throughout their service from formation to disbandment). These specialist titles offer one of/if not the best resources available when researching a Units ‘footsteps’ throughout their service. Most importantly (which sets these titles apart from ‘general history books’) is many/most of these speciality titles will also contain vital information necessary for your research which can include: Nominal Rolls, Battle Honours, Casualty Lists, Decorations and Awards, Unit member photos (some include Soldier Biographies), Honour Rolls, Embarkation Roll/Dates and more.
Although many Australian Military histories have been printed over the years (some going back over a 100 years); the vast majority are now out of print and are very unlikely to be reprinted. Originally many of these were done in very limited numbers; usually enough for members and families only, but certainly not in the large print runs like the latest novels are done today. Even when a 2nd edition was/is printed (sometimes decades later), they were also usually limited editions and it wasn’t/isn’t long before they also go out of print. Reprint editions can also be beneficial, as in some cases they provide updated and/or revised information that the 1st editions did not have.
On the other side of the coin, there is also a very large number of Units that have not had any books published on their service at all. From a historical point of view, this can mean many an Australian Military Units history could slowly be forgotten as the years pass.
Overall, many of these unique books on Australian history are fast becoming harder and harder to find as the years pass and as demand increases. Many of these books due to their rare nature don’t last long….and it can be many years before another re-surfaces. If you are interested in a particular book but can’t find it here on our bookshop; please feel free to simply email us.
We are always adding new acquisitions in our Latest Rare War Book category as they appear in real time. Random newsletters are also sent out for those who wish to be kept up to date of the bookshops latest news and specials.