Slouch Hat Soldiers
Generations At War
by Robert John Jarrad
Echos Downunder, 2014, [First Edition], [Signed], ISBN 9780992398804, black and white illustrations and photographs, paperback
Near Fine Condition, Signed By Author on title page, minor edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, un-creased spine (see photographs)
“This collection of poetry focuses on Australians who enlisted when their country called. Slouch Hat Soldiers – Generations At War is not a history book, nor extensive in its coverage of events. Indeed, it is mainly based on stories about the author’s nineteen relatives who enlisted, including his father and grandfathers. Robert Jarrad recreates the harsh realities of war with compassion, as he speaks for those who cannot.
Slouch Hat Soldiers – Generations At War, contains a series of poetic snapshots, distilled from the powerful stories and images that some people experienced during World Wars One and Two, and the Vietnam War. Along with the bloodshed and horror are mateship, humour, patriotism, and love of the homeland. There are many acts in the theatre of war, which only those who serve in the forces witness, however, through storytelling, they are remembered – and here they have been turned into poignant poetry. The author hopes this book may help a new generation of Australians to understand what it was like to go to war.”