Welcome To Digger Press


Digger Press was created and established by Albany born Western Australian author and historical researcher Kevin Gomm in 2010. Whilst Digger Press specialises in local military history and heritage mainly from the Second World War period, it is not limited to this genre. Many other works by other local Western Australian authors have chosen to self publish through Digger Press. 

Since releasing the first edition of ‘Red Sun On The Kangaroo Paw’ in 2009 and the subsequent second edition in 2010, Kevin Gomm is now the author of five books including ‘In The Shadow Of the Eagle’ and ‘Beneath Cold Waves’. In early 2012 the best selling ‘Red Sun On The Kangaroo Paw’ was re-released as a very special 70th Anniversary 1942-2012 Commemorative Edition. This current, larger, expanded and more comprehensive edition describing and documenting every sungle Japanese air raid and attack on Western Australia during World War II has been an ongoing success. In addition a one hour DVD documentary narrated by the author was released in November 2012 to compliment the book (see DVD page).

Digger Press caters exclusively for self publishers. Originally it was created and set up simply with the intention to publish the books by Kevin Gomm. However since then it has quietly grown in its collection to now have Carole Perry’s finely penned biography of ‘Dr Lionel Frederick West – Northcliffe’s Only Doctor’ and the 2012 release of the equally fascinating ‘Memories of a Matelot’ by Sid Henry (DSC, RNVR) of which Kevin Gomm assisted in editing. Released in early 2014 was the excellent account of the assembly of the two Anzac convoys in King George Sound in 1914 by local Albany maritime historian Roger Cunnington in time for the 100th anniversary, of which the ceremonies were conducted with a success last November.  

Whilst Digger Press is small it adheres to the highest levels of integrity, quality and presentation to deliver a professional book at an affordable price.  This  also extends to the commitment to continuously strive to equally high standards of intelligent readership excellence.

New Book Released…LIFEBOAT #6 – THE SINKING OF THE SS FORT LEE – now available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0987223186

Kevin Gomm released a fascinating new book that is now available for purchase on Amazon. Released on April 23 2014  Lifeboat #6 – The Sinking Of The SS Fort Lee is the compelling true, but forgotten story of the  torpedoing of the American tanker Fort Lee by the German U-boat U-181 due west of Perth in the Indian Ocean on November 2 1944. It traces the survivors extraordinary journey from the sinking and being marooned at sea to their rescue and eventual repatriation back to the United States (see page for more details). Seventeen survivors were dropped off at Albany on November 14 1944, another 16 were disembarked at Fremantle, while another 17 men were rescued by the SS Mary Ball and taken to Colombo, Ceylon. A fourth lifeboat with 16 men in it disappeared and their eventual fate remained unknown for many years until now. This book has been selling very well in the US.  It has now been 70 years from when this incident occurred. 

In Januray 2015 new author Chris Handley will release his excellent book ‘Yours Truly Came Up Smiling’. Self published through Digger Press it is a fantastic biography of artillery gunner Fred Johnson who served with the 27th Battery, 3rd Division A.I.F. from 1916 to 1919. From diaries and personal accounts it follows first hand his journey through the mud, trenches and battlefields in France and Belguim during the First World War.  

So again, welcome to Digger Press - self publishing for self publishers where you can discover more good Australian books.

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