|Defending The Driniumor
Covering Force Operations in New Guinea, 1944
This history was published by the U. S. Army Command and General Staff College, Combat Studies Institute as Leavenworth Papers No. 9. The book begins with a forward by Lt. General Carl E. Vuono that acknowledges the campaigns in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) are all but forgotten today but acknowledges the timeless lessons to be learned from this battle are leadership and unit cohesion.
Defending The Driniumor is an outstanding history by author Dr. Edward J. Drea and details the Battle of the Driniumor River that began during the night of July 9-10, 1944 when the Japanese Army crossed the Driniumor River against U. S. Army soldiers defending from entrenched positions on the western side of the river inland from the north coast of New Guinea.
The book is divided into three parts: the first part details the strategic and operational perspectives, the second is the tactical perspective and a final chapter on conclusions. Each chapter has extensive footnotes with cited references. The book includes excellent illustrations including tactical formations and many detailed battlefield map. An appendix includes Ultra intelligence documents related to the battle and another appendix is devoted to the order of battle for the U. S. Persecution Task Force.
The first part of the book strategic and operational perspectives details the role of the overall Pacific strategy and intercepted Ultra intelligence. Also, an emphasis on the terrain of the battlefield and deployments of both the Americans and Japanese, including their march westward to the battlefield area.
The second part of the book focuses on the tactical perspectives.
The final chapter are conclusions about the battle and lessons learned.
Review by Justin Taylan
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May 25, 2019