Etched in Green. The History of the 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion, 1939-1946
Melbourne, 22nd AIB Association, 1961.
Octavo, xiv, 262 pages with 7 maps plus 17 pages of plates and endpaper maps.
Cloth (with the battalion colour patch printed on the front cover) slightly flecked; first and last pages offset; an excellent copy with the dustwrapper slightly torn and creased.
The half-title carries a lengthy (and prescient) gift inscription to Mathew [sic] Donovan, dated 3 June 1993: 'You have come far and done your parents proud. I give to you this book, that you will understand the hardships, the valour of our troops whose name is respected world wide. Sue & I trust that your career will be nothing short of valourous'. Loosely inserted are two sheets of paper containing transcriptions of two newspaper accounts of the death in a canyoning accident of Major Matthew Donovan, an ADF helicopter pilot who served in East Timor and Iraq. The 22nd Australian Infantry Battalion was formed in South Gippsland (with later reinforcements from all States) and saw action in New Guinea and New Britain. Dornbusch 464; Trigellis-Smith 422.