A history of Jews in the military

March 26, 2017 by J-Wire
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Mark Dapin’s new book Jewish Anzacs: Jews in the Australian Military will be released next month.

Mark Dapin

This landmark history of Australian Jews in the military, covers from the First Fleet to the recent war in Afghanistan. More than 7000 Jews have fought in Australia’s military conflicts, including more than 340 who gave their lives. While Sir John Monash is the best known, in Jewish Anzacs acclaimed writer and historian Mark Dapin reveals the personal, often extraordinary, stories of many other Jewish servicemen and women: from air aces to POWs, from nurses to generals, from generation to generation.

Weaving together official records and interviews, private letters, diaries and papers, Dapin explores the diverse lives of his subjects and reflects on their valour, patriotism, mateship, faith and sacrifice.

Mark Dapin is an acclaimed novelist and historian. His recent military history, The Nashos’ War: Australia’s national servicemen and Vietnam, won the People’s Choice Prize at the 2015 Nib Waverley Library Awards and was shortlisted for the 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for non-fiction. His novel Spirit House, about Jewish prisoners of war on the Burma Railway, was shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year.


2 Responses to “A history of Jews in the military”
  1. Adrian Jackson says:

    7 digit Australian Army numbers, like Jeff Gould’s above, signify the owner was NS (a conscript during the Vietnam War).

    Australian Regular Army volunteer soldiers have 6 digit numbers, well least when I was in the ARA (1972-1995), but I dont think it has changed. The first number for NS and ARA signifies the state of enlistment. 3 means the soldier enlisted in Victoria, 2 NSW, 1 Qld and so on in the other states and territories.

  2. Jeffrey Gould says:

    I’ve had a look through the list of Aust. ex-servicemen in Dapin’s book and my name’s not in it???? RAEME 3104027. Why not? After RAEME in 1967 I was 10 years in the I.D.F.

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