This video essay is based on the article of the same name by Patrick Walters and can be read at the History Guild here
The narrative text is reproduced from History Guild under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
The interview with Clarence Spurgeon is from the Australians at War Film Archive (Archive number 937)

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