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The Happy Warrior

An Anthology of Australian and New Zealand Military Poetry

Compiled by Warrant Officer Paul Barrett and Kerry B. Collison

From the foreword by Lieutenant General Peter Cosgrove, AC, MC:

This anthology of poetry is rich with emotion, vibrant with diversity and strong with sentiment. The poems tell stories everyone should read, to gain insights into the minds, hearts and souls of our warriors who have defended our great country, Australia.

The editors, Warrant Officer Paul Barrett and Kerry B. Collison, have been most successful in setting out these captivating tales in a well blended mix of irony, humour and the horror of war, allowing the reader to empathise and identify with the authors.

This collection is an important anthology. It captures the essence of human spirit and the warriors behind the poems themselves.

I commend the work for you to read.

May 2001

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