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by Peter Stone
Oceans Enterprises  1995
Hardcover
598 pages
gloss paper, maps, charts
560 photographs, extensive
appendix, index & bio
ISBN: 0-646-24124-9
Cover Price: A$120.00
Language: English

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Hostages To Freedom
The Fall of Rabaul

This book can only be described as a super book more than just a history book, reference book, its over 500+ pages of information, details, maps, photos and insights about location around Rabaul and the World War II of the area. It describes itself as "not a pleasant story" as it reveals the atrocities of the Japanese, and failures of Australian to save their garrison at Rabaul the town at the tip of New Britain Island that was developed into a major Japanese base, and thus target during World War II. It is also the story of tremendous human spirit and determination for survival. The book ends with eight appendixes that include timelines, shipwreck lists, aircraft and abbreviation and personality bios.  Also, a complete biography and detailed index of locations, people, units and ships. Originally published in 1995, the book was reprinted in 2000 printing (2nd edition).

Review by  Justin Taylan  

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September 21, 2023


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