The Second World War began in Europe in September 1939, and ran in Asia until August 1945. Our story begins with the tail end of the Australian Test tour of England in 1938, and the Australian domestic season of 1938/39, and runs until the rebirth of Test cricket after the war with the M.C.C. tour of Australia in 1946/47. The eight years of our period encompassed seventeen Northern and Southern summers. Along with three interludes at times of crisis – the outbreak of war in September 1939, the advent of war in the Pacific in December 1941, and the birth pangs of a return to normality in September 1944 – these make up the backbone of our the narrative.
Nicholas J Cowell
Cricket and cricketers at war in 1940/41. It has been a long wait, but Chapter 6 is now up and complete. It tells the story of the 1940/41 first class season, Bradman’s brief brush with khaki, and Australian cricketers at war in the desert, and in the liberation of Ethiopia
Unfortunately, the 1940/41 chapter has been a long time coming . It is quite large, owing to the events of the war in the desert, and over England. It will be published in January 2019.
Early 2018 sees an updated look and feel, new navigation, a logo and a cool new theme for ozcricketatwar. Improved WordPress skills mean some big changes to the layout and navigation are coming … but the content will stay the same, and continue to burgeon. The 1940/41 chapter, covering the Australian summer and first action Read more about Early 2018 Update[…]
After a long interval – filled with a huge amount of new research on our country cities and towns – the 1940 chapter is finally complete. It is available here It covers the first summer in the northern hemisphere – England, Palestine and Egypt – and in the Northern Territory. The first Australian units went into Read more about 1940 Cromwell posted[…]
At last, I have posted the 1939/40 season chapter – it has run to an embarrassing length. But it includes a cast of characters as long as anything from Tolstoy, and a lot of new service cricketing action. It is available here All that has happened while moving home from Singapore to Sydney. Nothing useful lost Read more about 1939/40 finally sees the light of day[…]
Lots of work is continuing on the 1939/40 chapter over Easter. And Google has been to visit – Google Search results now include content on ozcricketatwar.net !
I promised a facelift, and here it is – a new, much cleaner theme, and I hope better flow of logic. Completion of 1938/39 chapter is imminent (see here), and then September 1939 is on its way (see here).
At last – after nine years of research, a year of stops and starts, and a half-hearted outline of a Website … we have broken the duck. I have published the first couple of chapters of around sixteen, covering the return from the Ashes Tour in England in 1938 (see here), and the rancour and Read more about At last … off the mark[…]
Welcome to ozcricketatwar, a site dedicated to Australian cricket during the Second World War period. We are still very much under construction … but hope to have something substantial up over the course of 2013