- Derrick VC in His Own Words: The Wartime Writings of Australia’s Most Famous Fighting Soldier of World War II
Derrick VC in His Own Words: The Wartime Writings of Australia’s Most Famous Fighting Soldier of World War II
Tom 'Diver' Derrick VC DCM was Australia's most famous fighting soldier of the Second World War. Derrick fought in five campaigns, won the highest medals for bravery, and died of wounds sustained while leading his men in the war's last stages. His career reached its climax on the jungle-clad heights of Sattelberg in New Guinea, where he won the Victoria Cross by spearheading the capture of seemingly impregnable Japanese defences.
The diaries Derrick kept throughout his campaigns, from Tobruk to Tarakan, are among the most important writings by any Australian soldier. Those diaries and all his other known wartime correspondence and interviews are published here for the first time in their entirety. 'Diver' had only a rudimentary education, but his intelligence, humour, ambition and fighting outlook shine through his words.
Edited and annotated by Mark Johnston, one of Australia's leading authorities on the Second World War, this book provides unprecedented insights into the mind and the remarkable career of one of Australia's most decorated and renowned servicemen.
Details: Biography/True story, published 2021.
Format: Soft cover, 448 pages.
Dimensions: 23.4 cm (h) x 15.3 cm (w) x 2.4 cm (h) / 644 grams.