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Dr Peter Williams was born in Hobart, Tasmania, where he was educated at St Virgil’s College. After ten years living in Europe, North America and Japan he became a history teacher at Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory. There he also worked for the Darwin Military Museum and published his first book, The Battle of Anzac Ridge, on the Gallipoli landing. His PhD topic was the 1942 Kokoda Campaign in New Guinea.


Peter now lives in Canberra, where he worked for the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs. Now retired, he writes books about the Second World War in the Pacific.