You’ll Be Sorry – Gilbert Mant (1944) (1st ed)


You’ll Be Sorry – Gilbert Mant (1944) (1st ed)


Title: You’ll Be Sorry

Author: Gilbert Mant

Publisher: Frank Johnson, Sydney, 1944. First edition.

Condition: Leather, modern rebinding by JARO. Book has been repaired in the process of rebinding, with a neat slip of paper restored to half title page (see pictures). Pages tanned. No other defect. 191pp. App 7″ by 5″.

The account of the war in Singapore and Malaya, by a war correspondent who was also a member of the Australian Imperial Force (AIF), fighting for the 8th division in Malaya.

About the author:

From 1925- 1930 Mant was a journalist with the Daily Telegraph. In 1940 he joined the AIF and saw active service in Malaya. He served for fourteen months then became Australian news editor with Reuters, returning to Malaya as a war correspondent. Grim Glory (1942), an account of the campaign in Malaya, was followed by You’ll Be Sorry (1944), a personal narration of his experiences as a soldier and war correspondent, both of which were republished as The Singapore Surrender in 1992. Some of his other works include A Cuckoo in the Bodyline Nest (1992), Mant’s account of being on tour with the 1932-1933 cricket tour of Australia, and books on the history of the Agricultural Societies Council of New South Wales. He also edited Soldier Boy: The Letters of Gunner W.J. Duffell 1915-18 (1992).

– from AustLit


  1. Death of an Appeaser
  2. NX55915
  3. A Battalion Is Born
  4. Final Leave
  5. Singapore Bound
  6. Malaya
  7. Jungle in Johore
  8. “…Who Only Stand and Wait”
  9. Back to Civvies
  10. Flight to Singapore
  11. War in the Jungle
  12. Reunion in Jemaluang
  13. “Tugboat Annie” in “Bomb Alley”
  14. Last Days of Java
  15. Post-Mortem