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KENNEDY (J.J., DSO, CF) The Whale Oil Guards. 1st Ed., 143pp. + 16pp. publishers' catalogue at end. Dublin: James Duffy & Co. 1919  #57169
[HLMainPic] History of 53rd Bn. AIF. Perkins contributes the following interesting note: "An eccentric book by an eccentric author. Kennedy was Chaplain to the 53rd Aust Inf Bn between 1916 & 1918 (while it was serving in Egypt & in France & Flanders). His account is written in the style of a novel, about a unit which he does not specify but with characters who really existed & awards which really were made to some of them... The strange title of the book is attributed to the fact that the CO ordered his men to polish their steel helmets with whale oil so that they would shine. Despite the strange behaviour of their CO & their Chaplain, the men olf the 53rd were much respected for their services at Peronne, Le Catelet, Bullecourt, Polygon Wood, & the breaking of the Hindenburg Line. These batles are all covered in this very odd book." Includes rolls of awards. Orig. black & green cloth, litle rubbed, near VG, with incrip. "To Digger Avec Love Ajax 24.4.19." See illustration on our website.   £165




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