Help support TMP

The Australian Commandos in the Pacific War, 1941-1945 – New From Helion

Back to Hobby News

French Wargame Holidays writes:

Greg is a good solid researcher, I for one am looking forward to this book when it arrives.

I have his book written about the gold fields rebellion in Australia Eureka stockade and it is excellent.


Areas of Interest

World War Two on the Land

Featured Hobby News Article

Featured Ruleset

Featured Showcase Article

The Prodigal T-26s

The wandering unit of T-26s are now revealed...

Featured Workbench Article

Puppetswar: Barmaley Fountain in 28mm

Painting Puppetswar's Stalingrad fountain.

Featured Profile Article

Battlefront WWII at Council, Part Two

Americans battle through Germans and hedgerows.

Featured Book Review

780 hits since 1 May 2019

©1994-2020 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

HillervonGaertringen Sponsoring Member of TMP of Helion and Co Ltd writes:

Jungle Cavalry: Australian Independent Companies & Commandos 1941-1945

Jungle Cavalry

The Australian Independent Companies (and the Commandos into which they evolved) were unique sub-units of the Australian Army during the Second World War. The very concept of such units was a radical one for the deeply conservative Australian Army, and came about because of personal intervention from the Chief of the General Staff, who alone advocated their establishment. The Independent Companies were unlike any other unit in the Australian Army. They were raised to fight in an autonomous, unconventional manner, and while supporting them, were independent of higher formations. During 1942 and 1943, the Independent Companies conducted a multitude of tasks that tested their attributes and skills to the full, be it trekking across and surveying virgin tropical wilderness, long-range patrols, raiding and harassing, stalking the enemy, and amazingly skilled stealthy close-range reconnaissance.

As the war progressed, the army, which had never approved of allowing too much independence to its sub-units, reassessed its requirement for such troops, and in a sweeping change transformed the Independent Companies into Commando Squadrons. These were to be much more tightly controlled than the Independent Companies had been, essentially designed to operate as light infantry rather than a radically unconventional model. Throughout 1944 and 1945, Australian Commandos participated in every campaign fought by the Australian Army. The Second World War Australian Commando experience was very much one of an army unready for the challenge that was initially imposed on it, but an Army that rose to the trial and eventually, despite missteps, ultimately successfully mastered the manner in which it chose to employ its commandos.

245mm x 170mm
320 pages
8 pages black-and-white photos & illustrations
12 maps

Available Now From Helion & on Amazon!

Helion logo

Text edited by Personal logo Editor Dianna The Editor of TMP
Graphics edited by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian
Scheduled by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian