This is from a message from James Williams of the Sunshine Coast (thanks for giving us permission to post this James).
I find Idriess fascinating and I've had the chance and privilege to read his war diaries at the War Memorial in Canberra.Also, in his troop (or platoon, company?) was his good friend Frank Morrison, or Morry as his friends called him.Well it turns out that I live on the adjoining property to Morry's place. Ion actually convalesced there when he got his bum shot off a second time. I am good friends with the brother of the people who own this property and he has given me a copy of a letter that Ion wrote Morry years later when Ion was up at the Cape somewhere thanking Morry for the two quid he sent - came in handy for bullets to shoot food!!! Apparently the title for Over The Range came from him possibly walking over the two properties and looking up at Montville!!!
The letter is in the State Library now thank heaven, but I have a copy. It's a bit iffy, because it was thin paper so when it was copied, the obverse side came through, but it's legible.
Another also, I have most of Idriess' books but another two authors that were at Gallipoli and the Middle East were E.V. Timms and R.S. Porteous. Both as good as Idriess, trust me. We are lucky to have many great OLD Aussie authors.