Books in brief from Big Sky

Here are four recent titles from Big Sky Publishing

Atomic Salvation
How the A-Bomb attacks saved the lives of 32 million people
By Tom Lewis
RRP $ 29.99 | ISBN 9781922387028

Another perspective on the dropping of the atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Tom Lewis arrives at the controversial conclusion that, without the A-bombs being dropped, 32 million people would have died in the push to achieve a Japanese surrender.

Tiger Battalion 507
Helmut Schneider (editor)
RRP $ 29.99 | ISBN 9781922387189

During the course of the Second World War, the German Wehrmacht formed a total of 15 heavy tank battalions equipped with Tiger or King Tiger heavy tanks. This book on Tiger Battalion 507 is based on contributions from about a dozen different battalion veterans. Schneider served as an NCO in the battalion in 1943-4. In this book in translation, he offers readers a interesting insight into the daily life of German tank crews in 1944-5. 

The Australian Army’s experience of sexually transmitted diseases during the 20th century 
by Ian Howie-Willis
RRP $ 34.99 | ISBN 9781922387257

Who knew the toll that sexually transmitted diseases took on Australian soldiers up to Vietnam and beyond? During overseas deployments, these devastating diseases put tens of thousands of soldiers out of action for weeks at a time. In WWI, for example, the men gravitated to the bars of brothels of Cairo within days of arrival in the Middle East, requiring a separate VD hospital to be established. A confronting subject which author Ian Howie-Willis deals with in a sensitive but frank manner. 

The Korean Kid
A young Australian pilot’s baptism of fire in the jet fighter age
by Rochelle Nichols
RRP $ 29.99 | ISBN 9781922387042 

The pilots of No.77 Squadron RAAF were among the first into Korean skies. Among them was Jim Kichenside, the youngest pilot in the squadron. He entered the Korean theatre with just 8 hours training on is Gloster Meteor jet. This memoir, beginning with his unpromising early life in Marrickville, charts his career in the RAAF, his early retirement and his struggles with PTSD. In 2010, he returned to Korea on the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of hostilities, which brought some closure. Jim’s inspirational story is one of resilience with a bit of good luck.


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