Editorial.Sabretache averaged 48 pages per issue for many years. This average was increased by 6 pages per issue in 2002. In 2003 it jumped from 54 pages to 64 pages with one 80 page issue, one 64 page issue and two 56 page issues. In 2004 the aim will is for four 60 or 64 page issues.
I wrote in the September 2003 issue that Sabretache is a journal for serious collectors and non-professional historians. I should have added that it is written by serious collectors and nonprofessional non·pro·fes·sion·al
One who is not a professional.
nonpro·fes historians or to use the description of former Sabretache Editor Dr Peter Stanley, 'independent scholars'. Sabretache is written by Society members for Society members.
Most of the material for the March 2004 has been already been received and I have on hand some articles for later in the year. However, I am seeking material for the June and September 2004 editions. I am planning for the December 2004 edition to include papers from the MHSA MHSA Master of Health Services Administration (graduate degree)
MHSA Montana High School Association
MHSA Mine Health and Safety Act (South Africa) Biennial Conference 2004 to be held on the NSW NSW New South Wales
Noun 1. NSW - the agency that provides units to conduct unconventional and counter-guerilla warfare
Naval Special Warfare Labour Day Long Weekend, 2 to 4 October 2004 at Albury-Wodonga. Could members thinking of writing material for 2004 and 2005 please contact me as soon as possible to indicate their topic, the proposed length of their paper and any maps and illustration they will be submitting. New contributors are welcome to discuss proposed articles and I am very happy to comment on drafts.
I have had a request from some members for some shorter articles and I would encourage members to contribute one of two page articles on topics of interest. However I am also seeking four to six page articles and longer articles where appropriate.
This issue covers a wide variety of subjects which reflects the wide variety of interests of society members. With nine articles, two columns and a letter to the editor there was insufficient space to list books reviewed this edition on the contents page. Books reviewed this issue:
* Gallipoli diaries: The Anzacs' own story day by day
* From Gallipoli to Gaza: the desert poets of World War I,
* The Bedford Boys: One Small Town's D-Day Sacrifice
* Military and Other Buttons from the Berry Head Berry Head is a coastal headland at the southern end of Torbay, to the southeast of Brixham, Devon, England.
National Nature Reserve
Berry Head to Sharkham Point is a haven for several nationally rare and threatened species which are dependent upon the thin Forts, 1794-1817
* Defenders of Australia: The History of the 3rd Division
* Angry Skies. Recollections of Australian Combat Fliers
* Horseman, Pass By Horseman, Pass By, is the first novel written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry. The 1961 western portrays life on a cattle ranch from the perspective of young narrator Lonnie Bannon. : The Australian Light Horse
The Australian Light Horse were mounted troops who served during the Second Boer War and World War I that combined characteristics of both cavalry and mounted infantry. in World War I
* .45 Thompson Sub-machine Gun, Small Arms small arms, firearms designed primarily to be carried and fired by one person and, generally, held in the hands, as distinguished from heavy arms, or artillery. Early Small Arms
The first small arms came into general use at the end of the 14th cent. : Pistols and Rifles
* .577 Snider-Enfield Rifles & Carbines: British Service Longarms 1866-c. 1880
* British Empire Cadet & Training Rifles
In New Books is Murray Ewen's Colour Patch: The men of the 2/4th Australian Machine Gun Battalion 1940-1945. This book is extraordinary and it deserves to become a classic unit history and an heirloom for the families of all those who served in the 2/4th. It will be reviewed in the March 2004 issue of Sabretache.
I thank all the positive comments I received on my Victoria Cross Noticeboard noticeboard notice (Brit) n → Anschlagbrett nt column and welcome back Joe Furphy A furphy, also commonly spelt furfie, is Australian slang for a rumour, or an erroneous or improbable story.
The word is derived from water carts made by a company established by John Furphy: J. Furphy & Sons of Shepparton, Victoria. and his popular Around the Water Cart. The issue concludes with a Letter to the Editor from Geoff Blackburn who adds to his June 2003 article on Mission 101 covering the hidden Australian involvement in Ethiopia in World War 2.