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Forged by War: Australians in Combat a/Lennox, Gina/Paper/0522851711/S030-F
Melbourne University Press
In Forged By War, Australian veterans and their families talk about the experience of war and how it has changed their lives. These unvarnished first-hand accounts go to the concrete detail of military action and its personal consequences. Sometimes the reader is in lockstep with a soldier on patrol, watching as a land mine explodes, spraying shrapnel and killing troops, or a local militiaman points a missile launcher at Australian peacekeepers. At other times, the reader is inside a returned veteran's head, feeling their edgy tension, their superfluous adrenalin, their need to control their environment, even at home. Underpinning it all is the question: where does family fit in a soldier's life?
Opening with a gripping account of an SAS veteran's involvement in the 2002 Afghanistan conflict and the subsequent invasion of Iraq, then broadening out through earlier conflicts, Gina Lennox's superb book touches the core of meaning in every major war Australians have served in since World War II, and several peace-keeping missions as well.
Forged by War is for anyone interested in the role Australia should play in international conflicts and humanitarian crises and how these impact on Australian society. It highlights the highly personal costs of political decisions to resolve conflict through war or UN peacekeeping missions.