ANZAC TO ZENTSUJI the military career of Colonel Jack Scanlan DSO* MID**
7th & 59th Battalions AIF 1914-19
Lark Force Rabaul 1941-46
Jack Scanlan, an original member of the AIF, went ashore at Gallipoli as a platoon commander. Wounded at Krithia on 8 May, he returned to Australia but went to France in 1916, and after experience at battalion, brigade and division, was appointed to command the 59th Battalion in February 1918.
He led the 59th through the hard fighting of 1918 and was awarded the DSO twice and MID three times.
In 1941 he was sent to command Lark force at Rabaul – a hopeless task. He surrendered to save his men from more massacres by the Japanese.
This is the story of his military career, based on unit records and personal papers of those he fought with in two wars.
This book is on disk only, with images and maps, and appendices listing citations for Scanlan’s decorations and the overwhelming Japanese force deployed to capture Rabaul.
Gallipoli 25 April 1915, Krithia 1915,
France 1916, Polygon Wood 1917,
German Offensive March 1918,
Villers-Bretonneux 25 April 1918,
Ville-sur-Ancre 4 July 1918,
8 August 1918,
Peronne & Hindenburg Line 1918,
Zentsuji prisoner of war camp Japan
Price: $22.00 within Australia; includes postage.
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