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Another Story of Lost (?) Confidence in the AWM

Date: 12/5/2001
Time: 11:03:07 PM
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Another story which the many readers of this discussion may be interested in knowing about is this: About ten years ago I researched a First World War recruiting march, wrote the definitive history of the march, had it published, historically and authentically re-enacted the march, and donated a copy of the book to the AWM's Research Section. You can imagine how very surprised I was when about three years ago, a visiting military historian from overseas who I was 'looking after' and assisting with access to resources to assist in his then current research project to do with the AIF's 3rd Division's history in World War One, produced a copy of the said book complete with the AWM's bar code and stamp in it and told me that he bought it at a Canberra second hand book shop for thirty dollars (because it was signed by the author, me). I told him that the books originally sold for TWENTY DOLLARS, and then swapped his book for a 'new' one. Perhaps someone had stolen the copy from the AWM research centre that he had bought in the second hand book shop?

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