Lonely War. "SAS: Phantoms of War: A History of the Australian Special Air Service", by David Horner and "Chased by the Sun: Courageous Australians in Bomber Command in World War II", by Hank Nelson. [review]
Hank Nelson’s study of Australian aircrew in RAF Bomber Command during World War II is an excellent addition to the school of military history. Bomber Command has been the subject of some very good and very poor history writing. "Chased by the Sun" is the best social history yet written in the field. It is a pity it has taken half a century, but we may be thankful for its arrival to tell a sadly forgotten but extraordinary story. "SAS: Phantoms of War" is another in Allen & Unwin’s valuable series of Australian military histories. David Horner’s revised history of the SAS Regiment is timely given the unit’s involvement in Afghanistan. Professor Horner, an exsoldier, writes a traditional type of regimental history, but with academic rigour. The original edition was published in 1989 and, but for two additional chapters bringing the story up-to-date, it has not been significantly revised.