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The Resource Hero or deserter? : Gordon Bennett and the tragic defeat of the 8th division, Roger Maynard

Hero or deserter? : Gordon Bennett and the tragic defeat of the 8th division, Roger Maynard

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Hero or deserter? : Gordon Bennett and the tragic defeat of the 8th division
Title
Hero or deserter?
Title remainder
Gordon Bennett and the tragic defeat of the 8th division
Statement of responsibility
Roger Maynard
Title variation
Gordon Bennett and the tragic defeat of the eighth division
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Major-General Gordon Bennett played a decisive role in the defence of Malaya and Singapore in World War II. A colourful character, known to sport a straw hat with a rainbow scarf tied around it, his officers found him at times abrasive and cocky, but he was also known as an outstanding commander. He is, however, best remembered for his escape by boat from Singapore in the dying days of the Japanese invasion, which led to the imprisonment of 15,000 Australian servicemen. Bennett's decision to leave his men to their fate is one of the most controversial episodes in the fall of the island. Though he was exonerated by Prime Minister John Curtin on his return to Australia, 8th Division's commander was never forgiven by the military's top brass for what many viewed as a clear case of desertion. While Bennett alone cannot be blamed for the defeat - there were many other factors, including Britain's military failings in both tactics and defence - he was and remains a ready scapegoat. In this vivid and comprehensive history of the 8th Division and its stoic force of fighting men, Roger Maynard investigates their conflicted leader, whose reputation as an outstanding soldier was shattered by war's end. He also examines Bennett's legacy through the prism of today's military standards to establish whether he was, indeed, a hero or deserter
Summary
In this vivid and comprehensive history of the 8th Division and its stoic force of fighting men, Roger Maynard investigates their conflicted leader, whose reputation as an outstanding soldier was shattered by war's end. He also examines Bennett's legacy through the prism of today's military standards to establish whether he was, indeed, a hero or deserter.
Biography type
individual biography
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10642486
Cataloging source
ANL
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Maynard, Roger
Dewey number
940.5425
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Bennett, Henry Gordon
  • Australia
  • Generals
  • Capitulations, Military
  • Governmental investigations
  • Escapes
  • World War, 1939-1945
Target audience
adult
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Gordon Bennett and the tragic defeat of the 8th division
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Hero or deserter? : Gordon Bennett and the tragic defeat of the 8th division, Roger Maynard
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 344-366) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000060008594
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
[viii], 374 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780143783923
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits (some colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)989514438
Label
Hero or deserter? : Gordon Bennett and the tragic defeat of the 8th division, Roger Maynard
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 344-366) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000060008594
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
[viii], 374 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780143783923
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits (some colour)
System control number
(OCoLC)989514438

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