Cabinet 11: War & Espionage
[Anon],The Drongoes Who Dared. 2nd ed. London ; Melbourne: Horwitz, 1962. Pulp Literature Special Collections PR9611.H86 D76
Owen Gibson, Full Ahead. 2nd ed. Sydney: Calvert, [196-?]. Pulp Literature Special Collections PR9610.G49 F84
Often a romance or mystery pulp did not reach reader expectation, despite the presence of a lurid, titillating cover. War pulps, however, left no doubt who would win: the good guys – usually khaki-clad diggers fighting the good fight in trouble-spots around the world. The enemy were often portrayed as mean and sadistic; the ones to be hated.
The Drongoes, aka ‘no-hopers’ appeared in the Horwitz Roger Hunt series, which claimed numerous writers including L. W. Riley, and R. Wilkes-Hunter. The cover is by comic artist John Dixon. The cover of Full Ahead, an ‘On the Spot’ war story, was probably done by Stanley Pitt, while the plot of Donald Hann’s PT Attack, where a ‘scantily clad’ woman causes mayhem on a small craft, reads much like Robert Close’s Love Me Sailor (see cabinet nine).