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by Philip Bradley
Allen & Unwin  2019
294 pages
Index, photos
ISBN: 9781760632588

Language: English

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D-Day New Guinea
The extraordinary story of the battle for Lae and the greatest combined airborne and amphibious operation of the Pacific War

Java is heaven, Burma is hell, but you never come back alive from New Guinea' - A Japanese military saying.

The capture of Lae was the most complex operation for the Australian Army in the Second World War. In many ways it was also a rehearsal for the D-Day invasion of France with an amphibious landing combined with the first successful large scale Allied airborne operation of the war. But this is not just a book about a successful military campaign that changed the course of the war in New Guinea. It also brings together the extraordinary stories of the Australian, American and Japanese participants in the battle, and of the fight against the cloying jungle, the raging rivers and soaring mountain ranges that made New Guinea such a daunting battlefield. Phillip Bradley brings a compelling clarity, humanity and new insight into a little known but crucial Australian battle of the Pacific War.

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Review by  Justin Taylan  

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October 23, 2019

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