- Reg Saunders: An Indigenous War Hero
Reg Saunders: An Indigenous War Hero
*Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that deceased people are represented throughout this publication.*
Soldier, Leader, Commissioned Army Officer: Meet Captain Reg Saunders, Second World War Hero.
The little-known story of Reg Saunders, the first Indigenous Australian to become an officer in the Army, retold in action-packed graphic format. Reg Saunders MBE (1920–1990) not only survived the Second World War battlefields in the Middle East, North Africa, Greece, Crete and New Guinea, but excelled as a military leader. He was recommended for officer training and, in 1944, returned to New Guinea as a platoon commander – the first Aboriginal Australian to serve as a commissioned officer. What happened during the war to transform a determined young man from country Victoria into a war hero – one who would go on to serve with distinction in the Korean War, and become a pioneering figure for Indigenous rights?
Suitable for: Older children (13+ years).
Details: Children's book (graphic novel), published 2016.
Format: Soft cover, illustrations, 56 pages.
Dimensions: 25.5 cm (h) x 18.0 cm (w) x 0.6 cm (d) / 181 grams.