Introduction; 1. An 'experimental establishment': the re-raising of the Pacific Islands Regiment, 1951-1957; 2. A 'fools paradise': the disturbances, 1957-1961; 3. 'Real duty': confrontation and the creation of PNG Command, 1962-1966; 4. From 'native' to national: Papua New Guinean soldiers, 1960-1975; 5. 'A new task': laying the foundations of a national army, 1966-1970; 6. The 'Black Handers': Australian soldiers and their families in PNG; 7. 'A different world': the rush to independence, 1970-1975.
Guarding the Periphery recounts a part of Australian military history that is often overlooked by studies of Australia's military past.
Tristan Moss is a researcher on the Official Histories of Australian Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor at the Australian War Memorial, and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of New South Wales.