SIMMO

A biography of Ray Simpson, VC, DCM
One of Australia’s Greatest Soldiers
Michael J Malone, OAM with Peter Lutley
Publishing date: 1 November 2015
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After every conflict, there comes a time when historians gather to describe the heroic exploits stemming from that action. In the case of Victoria Cross winners, such histories are ordinarily detailed and numerous, but there are some exceptions.

In the forty years since the end of the Vietnam War, not one book of note has commemorated the heroism of one of Australia’s greatest soldiers: Ray Simpson, VC, DCM.
Not until now.

Historians and fellow soldiers Michael J Malone, OAM and Peter Lutley have spent over five years of research, writing, and interviewing those closest to the great man to complete Simmo, the definitive, authorised biography of this fascinating hero.

Ray Simpson is one of those special heroes, a ‘double gallantry’. Many men have won the Victoria Cross but few have won a second gallantry award. He is the most decorated Australian soldier of the Vietnam War.
Malone and Lutley have interviewed those who knew Simmo, to share their stories and to piece together the minutiae of his varied and surprising life. Told in the words of those who lived and served with him, this is a substantial, gritty, and candid collection of anecdotes that illustrates the many facets of this larger than life man. To compliment the many interviews they have trawled the system and produced hundreds of files and documents which add the flesh to the bones of the man.

An intensely brave soldier and never-say-die character in the mould of WW1 heroes Albert Jacka, VC, MC and Bar and Joe Maxwell, VC, MC and Bar, DCM, Ray Simpson served in World War 2, Korea, and Malaya, as well as five decorated years in Vietnam. He was a WO2 and loved being one.

Simmo is arguably the most substantial and comprehensive biography ever written of one man who was not a General.

Simpson’s devotion to the job and his men is marvellous, and for a man with little formal education, he had a remarkable knowledge of the geopolitical situation and the military industrial complex. Those who knew him, served with him, or have simply heard of his legend will treasure this book.

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Rare finds in Catalogue 201

Posted On May 15, 2017 | American Civil War 1861-1865,Aviation,Espionage,Military Biography,Military General,Napoleonic,Naval,SIMMO,Special Forces and Airborne,The Great War 1914-1918,Vietnam,World War 2 1939 - 1945 | No Comments

Welcome to Catalogue 201, May 2017. Celebrated my 70th birthday last month, a monumental affair, surrounded by a few close friends, family and fellow lovers of fine red wine. Anyway, that’s now come and gone and all I can do is rejoice each morning when I realise I’m still on the mortal coil. Today is Mother’s Day and seeing my poor old Mum i...

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25 Years and 200 Catalogues!

Posted On Mar 20, 2017 | American Civil War 1861-1865,Aviation,Espionage,Military Biography,Military General,Napoleonic,Naval,SIMMO,Special Forces and Airborne,The Great War 1914-1918,Vietnam,World War 2 1939 - 1945 | No Comments

Here we are at Catalogue #200! Who’da thought? It’s been a helter-skelter 25 years and I have many to thank. Firstly, the great Ken White in Canberra who had the most awesome collection of 1st and 2nd AIF unit histories. Ken inspired me to start a catalogue from my own collection. It was sad when he slipped into retirement and even sadder when ...

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February Catalogue – Imprimatur Military Books

Posted On Feb 18, 2017 | American Civil War 1861-1865,Aviation,Espionage,Military Biography,Military General,Napoleonic,Naval,Poetry,SIMMO,Special Forces and Airborne,The Great War 1914-1918,Vietnam,World War 2 1939 - 1945 | No Comments

Welcome to Catalogue 199 February 2017. This list, our first for 2017 will set the scene for our 200th in March which we hope will be a whizbanger! It’s a list of great books among them being one of my favourite SOE books ‘BETWEEN SILK AND CYANIDE’ by the great code master Leo Marks (whose father owner the antiquarian bookshop at 84 Charing C...

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Christmas Catalogue #198

Posted On Dec 13, 2016 | American Civil War 1861-1865,Aviation,Espionage,Military Biography,Military General,Modern Firsts,Napoleonic,Naval,SIMMO,Special Forces and Airborne,The Great War 1914-1918,Vietnam,World War 2 1939 - 1945 | No Comments

Welcome to Catalogue 198, Christmas 2016. Someone once said ‘It only rains at night!’ And this is what we got last night here in Perth, a great down pour and more this morning. Hyde Park lake will be the main beneficiary along with the countless water birds. This list is offered at Less 20%, many great titles to be had. The main focus of this l...

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Remembrance Day Catalogue 197

Posted On Nov 13, 2016 | Aviation,Espionage,Military Biography,Military General,Modern Firsts,Napoleonic,Naval,Poetry,SIMMO,Special Forces and Airborne,The Great War 1914-1918,Vietnam,World War 2 1939 - 1945 | No Comments

Catalogue 197 - This Remembrance Day saw the annual sadness in remembering our gallant war dead. The show on the history channel was most poignant in the retelling of the Battle for Kokoda and the destruction of the Japanese Army. Not only told the harrowing story of our wonderful barely-trained chockos in the 39th Bn and 3rd Militia Bn, the heroic...

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Catalogue 196

Posted On Oct 12, 2016 | American Civil War 1861-1865,Aviation,Espionage,Military Biography,Military General,Napoleonic,Naval,SIMMO,Special Forces and Airborne,The Great War 1914-1918,Vietnam,World War 2 1939 - 1945 | No Comments

Welcome to Catalogue 196, October 2016. Spring is sprung here in lovely Perth after a considerable rainy winter (not complaining mind!). Hyde Park, which is literally our back yard, is pristine and the lakes are full. Our resident swans have again produced a brood of three and are very protective. Last years teenagers have taken to wing and spend a...

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Catalogue 195

Posted On Sep 13, 2016 | Aviation,Espionage,Military Biography,Military General,Napoleonic,Naval,SIMMO,Special Forces and Airborne,The Great War 1914-1918,Vietnam,World War 2 1939 - 1945 | No Comments

Catalogue 195 for your edification….having spent a fair bit of August in London with Jo and our Canadian family (Toby, Meg, Cormac and Brigid), we’ve hit the ground running (well, not really running given the torture of jet-lag) and here in technicolour, is our September list (kidding about the technicolour—the cover is as far as the colour ...

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Catalogue 193

Posted On Jun 12, 2016 | American Civil War 1861-1865,Aviation,Espionage,Military Biography,Military General,Modern Firsts,Napoleonic,Naval,SIMMO,Special Forces and Airborne,The Great War 1914-1918,Vietnam,World War 2 1939 - 1945 | No Comments

A wet weekend in the West has delivered Catalogue 193 for your interest.  Some great new titles for your collection - but be quick!   Cheers   Mick...

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Catalogue #192 now online

Posted On May 10, 2016 | American Civil War 1861-1865,Aviation,Espionage,Military Biography,Military General,Modern Firsts,Napoleonic,Naval,SIMMO,Special Forces and Airborne,The Great War 1914-1918,Vietnam,World War 2 1939 - 1945 | No Comments

Catalogue #192 is now available for your interest. It has been great to spend some time in the Bookroom to put together this new catalogue for you. There was a rush on SIMMO after the Radio National interview in April - a special thank you to everyone who has helped this project support veterans and their families by buying a copy of the book...

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Mick on Saturday Extra ABC Radio National Saturday 16 April

Posted On Apr 15, 2016 | SIMMO | No Comments

Good morning For your interest, you can catch me talking to Geraldine Doogue on Saturday Extra (ABC Radio National) at 8.20 am on Saturday 16 April (repeated Monday 18 April after 7.30 pm). I am talking to Geraldine about the little known story of Simmo VC DCM – one Australia’s greatest soldiers. If you can’t pick it up live it shoul...