“We Nearly Came Un­done”

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Front Page - BY MARC MCEVOY

Akhaki felt army cap has sat on a book­shelf in my home in Syd­ney for nine years. Two metal pressstuds se­cure the brim, and the five-pointed, red com­mu­nist star graces the front. The crown has the faint odour of hu­man sweat. It is a par­ti­zanka, a cap worn by Yu­goslav Par­ti­san sol­diers in Croa­tia and western Bos­nia dur­ing World War II. The par­ti­zanka is some­thing of a col­lec­tor’s piece, as few like it re­main. For me, it rep­re­sents a prom­ise I need to ful­fil.

Ernest ‘Ern’ Brough, pic­tured here soon af­ter the war, was just 20 when he signed up

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