Stockings, Craig: Bardia

Stockings, Craig

Bardia: Myth, Reality and the Heirs of Anzac, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2009

The author suggests this battle, in North Africa against the Italians in January 1941, has been relatively neglected by Australians when it was actually a great military victory. He attributes the victory essentially to the Australians having superior logistics, equipment and leadership than their Italian opponents and downplays morale aspects arising from the persistence of the Anzac legend.

There is a review in Quadrant and another one in the Australian Army Journal and a discussion of the military aspects on Axis history. The reviews, by a former and serving military officer, take issue with the author’s treatment of Anzac.

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