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Letters from readers:
Michael 'Machine Gun' Kelley
Anita McAndrews
Stuart Gunning
Jan Matthews
Dom & Sylvia
Jacqui Calandra
John Manning
Lt. Don Astill
Lt. Don Astill (2)
Brian Stoffell
Wayne Lee Hillarys
Fred Grady
Nick Waterman
Craig Dorman
John Pullinger
Diana Ingram
Franz Orschel
Bill James
Steve Kelleher
Father Pat Kelly
Rita White
Phillip Bradley

  This is only a selection of letters, my great thanks to these people,
and others whose letters I have - and still am gladly receiving / Sava Pinney.

Letters from readers
Letter from Phillip Bradley
2007, Australia

I am currently writing two books for the Australian Army History series on the Wau/Salamaua campaign in New Guinea in 1943. During my research I came across your father’s diary transcripts from the New Guinea campaign at the Freyer library in Brisbane. Having read the three novels based on Peter’s war history I was fascinated to read the original versions of events. One of Peter’s friends from the war, Keith Myers, lives near me in Ballina and we spent some time going over some of Peter’s accounts and comparing them to Keith’s – their stories are amazing. In the transcripts, Keith is known as Mousey or Mouse and in the books he is known as The Possum.
I wanted to ask you if it would be possible to include some quotations from Peter’s transcripts in my books. His descriptions of the extraordinarily difficult terrain over which he had to move are particularly evocative. I have attached a file showing what I would like to include in the first book, with each part in quotation marks and footnoted as Peter’s work. Though my book will be of limited interest (mainly to military history people) I do believe it is fitting and a tribute to what those men endured to include Peter’s observations, if that is OK.

Yes it was, thanks Phil, see:
The Battle for Wau: New Guinea's Frontline 1942-1943.
Melbourne: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521896818.

Bradley, Phillip (2008).

Bobdubi Ridge to Salamaua / photo courtesy of Phil Bradley