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by Phil Bradley
Cambridge University Press 2008
Index, Maps, Photos
Cover Price: A$65.00
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|The Battle for Wau
New Guinea's Frontline 1942-1943
Many think of Australian military history in terms of Gallipoli or Kokoda, far fewer know about the struggles at the villages of Wau and Salamaua during 1942 - 1943. The Battle For Wau is the second book by Phil Bradley, acclaimed author of On Shaggy Ridge. The book begins was a stirring forward by Australian Kanga Force veteran, Peter Ryan, author of the New Guinea classic Fear Drive My Feet.
After the Japanese landed at Salamaua and then march inland in an attempt to capture Wau. They hoped to capture this inland village and turn the tide of battle in New Guinea in their favor. For the first time, the complete story of the battle at Wau is told from over 70 veterans from the campaign and Bradley's own visits to the battlefield areas.
Beginning with the early commando operations in Salamaua, the story unfolds with the burning of Wau, the clashes around Mubo, Japanese convoys to Lae and the United States aerial operations over Wau. The battle is centered around holding Wau Airfield open for the arrival of vital reinforcements that secured an Allied victory.
The focus of the book are the soldiers on the ground, whose story are told in great detail, in their own words, diaries and documents. Their narrative is expertly woven, annotated and indexed for readers who wish to delve deeper.
Bradley's treatment of the history is not limited to only the Australians on the ground. His narrative includes the Japanese side of the same actions and their convoy landings in support of the operation.
The book is lavishly illustrated with dozens of battle maps and wartime photos. In addition, Bradley adds many 'then & now' photos from his treks to the battlefield areas, and experience as an author for After The Battle Magazine. For anyone who wants the definitive history of the Battles for Wau and Salamaua, this book represents the finest research, writing and analysis.
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Review by Justin Taylan
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