Upcoming Book on the Australians at War in PNG

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Upcoming Book on the Australians at War in PNG

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Mark your calenders!

Hell's Battlefield": The Australians in New Guinea in World War II by Phillip Bradley

The first single volume history to cover all the battles fought by the Australians against the Japanese in Papua New Guinea.

Publisher's Description
Hell's Battlefield is the first book that tells the whole story of the Australians against the Japanese in New Guinea during World War II, from invasion in 1942 to the brutal end game in 1945. Besides giving new perspectives on the Kokoda campaign, the book covers the battles that preceded and those that followed, most of which have previously received scant attention.

Phillip Bradley has conducted extensive research on the official and private records from Australia, the US and Japan, and as well as these perspectives, shows those of the Papua New Guineans. He has also conducted wide-ranging interviews with veterans, and made extensive use of Japanese prisoner interrogation records.

The text is further illuminated by the author's deep familiarity with the New Guinea battlefields, and is well illustrated with photographs, many previously unpublished, and maps.

Hundreds of thousands of Australians, Phillip's father among them, fought in New Guinea and many never returned. Hell's Battlefield tells their story, and the battles they fought in, that raged on land, in the air and at sea.

Author's Profile
A chemical research manager by profession, Phillip has had a lifetime interest in military history. Two years working in Papua New Guinea gave him the opportunity to travel to the battlefields there, particularly where his father had fought around Shaggy Ridge. This led to his first book, which was on that battle. This was followed by books on other long forgotten New Guinea battles at Wau and Salamaua. He also writes for After the Battle and Wartime magazines. All Phillip's books are characterised by an intimate knowledge gained from his many trips to the battlefields, complemented by his research skills and by his many unique interviews with New Guinea battlefield veterans, over 300 and counting. Phillip now writes full time and also does work for Kokoda Treks and Tours. Hell's Battlefield is his fifth book.

Price: AUD $49.99(NZ$59.99)
ISBN: 9781742372709
Format: Hard Cover
Publisher: ALLEN & UNWIN
Number of pages: 544
Publication Date: September 2012
Edition Number: 1

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Re: Upcoming Book on the Australians at War in PNG

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Sounds good - Great to see Phil getting another book out there.
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Re: Upcoming Book on the Australians at War in PNG

Post by greg kirkpatrick »

I think it is one of the better books on the Australian PNG Campaigns - also thoroughly covers my current work area from Kaiapit through to Shaggy Ridge

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