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by Karl James
Cambridge University Press 2012
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Australians in the Bougainville Campaign, 1944–45
This book details the history of the Australian Army campaign on Bougainville that spanned from November 1944 to August 1945. Compared to other World War II campaigns, the role of the Australian Army on Bougainville is largely unknown the key battles have never captured many news headlines at the time as the Pacific War moved beyond. Today, the Australian campaign is largely unknown and forgotten to most.
Like all history, Australian Army campaign was dynamic and included many leaders and ordinary soldiers who previously served in North Africa, in the Mediterranean, on the Kokoda Trail or campaigns in New Guinea. Unlike those campaigns, the war on Bougainville was quite different. The Australians took over from U.S. forces that had an established perimeter centered around Torokina on the center of the western coast. Opposing them were determined Japanese Army and Navy forces that occupied the northern, central and southern portions of the island. Although they were cut off from resupply or reinforcement, these troops were determined to defend and delay. The battlefields included steep mountains, dense jungle, muddy trails and prewar plantations.
Review by Justin Taylan
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