Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific 1939–45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War

Yorick Smaal has just published Sex, Soldiers and the South Pacific 1939–45: Queer Identities in Australia in the Second World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). The book explores the lives and loves of men across Australia and forward bases in the south seas and the official responses that sought to regulate and contain expressions of homosexuality Read more …

The Fifth Column in World War II: Suspected Subversives in the Pacific War and Australia

Any Australian who lived through the Second World War would remember the frightening posters warning that ‘Enemy Agents are Listening’ and ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships.’ The Fifth Column was the name given to the Axis agents believed to be lurking in Allied countries. Their mission was to carry out acts of sabotage, cause fear and Read more …