Uralla, Idriess Enterprises Pty Limited, 1999 (facsimile edition)/ 1942 and 1943.
Small octavo, six volumes; flush-cut plain paper covers with attached gatefold wrappers; a fine set in the lightly used publisher's slipcase.
One of only 500 sets. Although these are the facsimile editions, they are superb examples of the reprinter's craft, and the originals are so rare, we can't resist quoting a few snippets from the dustwrapper blurbs to whet appetites. 'Shoot to Kill' is written by 'one who was a sniper in the last war'. 'Written in his characteristic, colloquial, man-to-man style ... No more opportune book could have been published. Australia for the first time in its history has been bombed. Invasion looms on our northern frontier. The imperative need now is for rifles, more rifles, yet more rifles - and riflemen'. From 'Sniping' we learn that 'One of the most interesting and dangerous jobs for the fighting soldier is that of a sniper. The author [himself a former sniper] makes that clear. He also makes clear that sniping is a job for the man who is an individualist as well as a fighter; the man to whom the drill sergeant is a nightmare; the man who prefers a lone hand'. 'Guerrilla Tactics' contains 'in illustrative detail the technique of guerrilla warfare under Australian conditions.... Here is the complete vade-mecum for the guerrilla fighter, a forceful, vivid book that teaches how, in Australia, he may play a part as vital as that played by the Russian guerrilla in aiding his army'. 'Trapping the Jap' is a classic of understatement: 'To attack and ambush, to snipe and raid is the job of the Australian Guerrilla. By rifle and grenade, by machine-gun and mortar to kill them, harry them, trap them, grant them not one moment's peace day or night. Break their hearts! Smash their outposts, blow up their tanks, bomb their communications, burn their airfields. To be a hawk by day and a shadow by night, to be a killer by day or night is the sworn job of the Australian Guerrilla on his native soil'. [6 items].