[TimorLesteStudies] Canberra book event: The men that came out of the ground

Anya Dettman adettman at nla.gov.au
Wed Nov 10 10:42:14 EST 2010

Paul Cleary, author of the book 'The Men who Came out of the Ground' and His Excellency Abel Guterres, Ambassador from Timor-Leste to Australia will speak about this book on Thursday 11 November at 5.45 PM for 6 PM at the Paper Chain book store in Manuka.
Paul's book tells the story of Australian soldiers in East Timor in World War II. A full description is below.
Please book by Wednesday 10 November by phone to the Paper Chain Book Store on 6295 6723, and feel free to circulate this email to others you think maybe interested.

Men Who Came Out Of The Ground: A Gripping Account Of Australia's First Commando Campaign: Timor 1942
The gripping story of a small force of Australian Special Forces commandos that launched relentless hit and run raids on far superior Japanese forces in East Timor for most of 1942.

These Australians were the men of the 2/2nd Australian Independent Company - a special commando unit. Initially stranded without radio contact to Australia, the Japanese declared these beared warriors 'outlaws' and warned they would be executed immediately if captured. The Australians drawn mainly from the bush, were chosen for their ability to operate independently and survive in hostile territory. As film-maker Damien Parer said after visiting in Timor in late 1942, 'these men are writing an epic of guerrilla warfare'.

Expertly researched by Paul Cleary, who is fluent in Tetum, the main language of the indigenous group of East Timor, it contains black and white photos.

Anya Dettman
Southeast Asia Specialist and East Timor Librarian,
Overseas Collection Development | National Library of Australia
Email: adettman at nla.gov.au | Tel: (+ 61 2) 6262-1248 | Fax: (61 2) 6273-4492

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