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Beyond Adversity
Author: William Park

ISBN: 9780980658279
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 19 August 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.2 x 3.3
In November 1941, about 100 university students began
their short-term compulsory military training with the
15th Infantry Battalion. Most were aged 19-22, had
daytime jobs and were evening or external students from
the arts, commerce and law faculties. They were
ambitious, hard-working young men anxious to make their
way in the world.
Their compulsory military training was due to end on 4
February 1942 and the students would then be released to
return to their jobs and continue their part-time
studies. The outbreak of the Pacific War on 7 December
changed everything. In April 1942, the 15th Battalion was
given 24 hours' notice to move from Caloundra to
Townsville. In January 1943 the Battalion went to New
Guinea to take part in the Salamaua and Lae campaigns and
did not return to Brisbane until July 1944. In November
it was sent to fight in Bougainville. The Battalion
finally returned home in January 1946 and most returned
to resume their studies and jobs within the community.
This book tells the story of thos...

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