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by Peter Stone
Oceans Enterprises  1995
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 its World War II history of Rabaul. 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, a town at the tip of New Britain Island, that was developed into a major Japnanese 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 - covering timelines, shipwreck lists, aircraft and abbreviation and personality bios.  Also, a complete biography and detailed index (broken up by locations, people, units and ships.
Review by  Justin Taylan  

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