Melbourne: The 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion, 1953. First Edition.  half title, [i-vi] vii- xiii,  list of maps,  Author's Note, 288pp, illustrated endpapers, original maroon cloth lettered in gilt on the spine, illustrated unclipped dust wrapper.
Corners lightly bumped and head and foot of spine are gently pushed. Slight crease to the lower corner of the pages. The wrapper has several small chips along the top edge and a larger one (1 x 1.5cm) at the base of the spine. Item #823
Raised in Melbourne in 1939 as part of the 16th Brigade of the 6th Australian Division, the 2/2nd were deployed to the Middle East in 1940 and in 1941 helped to capture Torbruk. They were deployed to Greece in March the same year and blocked the Germans at at Tempe (Pinios) Gorge before being overrun by a superior force. They rebuilt in Palestine and manned defences in Northern Syria before being sent to the war against Japan. On the way they were diverted to help defend Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). In Papua New Guinea they advanced along the Kokoda Trail to the Japanses beach heads and were involved in major engagements at Templeton's Crossing , Oivi , and on the Sanananda Track. Their last campaign of the war was the drive to clear the Japanese from the Aitape-Wewak region of New Guinea between December 1944 and August 1945.