With such a large selection of research and reference material available today on Australia’s War and Military history from Pre World War 1, WW1, WW2 Australian Imperial Forces (AIF); the task of Genealogy / researching a relative’s past Military service has been made much easier.
At Booksforever bookshop we specialize in mostly WW1 & WW2 Unit histories (books that record a specific Military Units history during/throughout their service from formation to disbandment). These specialist titles offer one of/if not the best resources available when researching a Units ‘footsteps’ throughout their service. Most importantly (which sets these titles apart from ‘general history books’) is many/most of these speciality titles will also contain vital information necessary for your research which can include: WW1, WW2, Nominal Rolls, Battle Honours, Casualty Lists, Decorations and Awards, Unit member photos (some include Soldier Biographies), Honour Rolls, Embarkation Roll/Dates and more.
Although many World War 1 and 2 Australian Military histories have been printed over the years (some going back over a 100 years); the vast majority are now out of print and are very unlikely to be reprinted. Originally many of these were done in very limited numbers; usually enough for members and families only, but certainly not in the large print runs like the latest novels are done today. Even when a 2nd edition was/is printed (sometimes decades later), they were also usually limited editions and it wasn’t/isn’t long before they also go out of print. Reprint editions can also be beneficial, as in some cases they provide updated and/or revised information that the 1st editions did not have.
On the other side of the coin, there is also a very large number of AIF Units that have not had any books published on their service at all. From a historical point of view, this can mean many an Australian Military Units history could slowly be forgotten as the years pass.
Overall, many of these unique books on Australian Military (AIF) history are fast becoming harder and harder to find as the years pass and as demand increases. Many of these books due to their rare nature don’t last long….and it can be many years before another re-surfaces. If you are interested in a particular book but can’t find it here on our bookshop; please feel free to simply email us.