Story of the Australian Army in Somalia 1993

Story of the Australian Army in Somalia 1993


A Little Bit of Hope Australian Force Somalia 1993 - 2nd edition By Bob Breen OAM

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History of the Australian Force in Somalia 1993



In 1993, 4 million Somalis were starving and 26 nations sent their young men and women to make sure that food reached those who needed  it.

On the Thursday before Anzac Day 1993, the Australian Army asked Bob Breen to fly to Somalia the fol­lowing Tuesday to conduct research for a book on the Australian participation in the American-led peacekeeping operation in that country. The fol­lowing day he re-enlisted in the army and four days later he arrived in Mogadishu.

He patrolled with the diggers down Baidoa's alleyways by night and day, rode with them on food convoys into the bandit-infested countryside, and listened to their stories.

This book is the result. It is a very personal account of the experiences of the Australian men and women who served in Somalia and of those who sup­ ported them back at home in Australia. It is also an objective analysis of the Australian operation-the decisions, factors and events that led to its suc­cesses and to its frustrations and failures.

The lessons learned from that operation, as described in this book, will be invaluable to those who are involved with peacekeeping operations in the future.

Importantly, the volume ends with a full member nominal roll of 1RAR to platoon level, glossary, bibliography and detailed index.

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Book Condition:
Total Pages:
Publication Date:
2018 2nd edition
Dimensions in mm :
160 x 240 x 43
Cover Soft (SB) or Hardback (HB):
Hard Boards with Dust Jacket

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