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Pacific World War II Book Review  

Editors: Yukio Toyoda and Hank Nelson
Rikkyo University  2006

458 pages
Index, photos, maps

Language: English

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The Pacific War in Papua New Guinea
Memories and Realities

Preface: "This volume contains the result of a series of symposia on the Pacific War in Papua New Guinea... held at Tsukuba University in 1998, at the Australian National University (ANU) in 1999, 2000 and 2003, and at Rikkyo University in 2001."

Table of Contents:

Papua New Guinea Memories
Remembering the war in the Sepik by Dr. Bryant Allen
Kaiapit-Wantoat-Saidor Track: Villagers' memories of the war in the Finisterre Ranges by Sam Kaima

Japanese Memories
Japanese perceptions on the Pacific War in Papua New Guinea: views in publications
Japanese images of the air war in Papua New Guinea during the Pacific War
Japanese and New Guinean memories of wartime Rabaul 1942-1946
Consoling the dead: Japanese battlefield pilgrimages to Papua New Guinea
War in New Guinea as portrayed in Japanese newspapers

Australian Memories
Enemy at the door: Australia and New Guinea in World War II
Looking black: Australian images of Melanesians
Real Bluey and Curley: Australian images and idioms in the island campaigns

Why the Japanese were in New Guinea
Involvement of Papua New Guinea policemen in the Pacific War
'Great enemy of humanity': malaria and the Japanese Medical Corps in Papua, 1942-1943

More than a change of uniform : Australian military rule in Papua New Guinea, 1942-1946
Japanese occupation of Rabaul, 1942-1945
Memories and realities of the Japanese occupation of mainland New Guinea
Food supply and relationships between Japanese troops and villagers in the inland Aitape-Wewak Campaign, Papua New Guinea, 1942-45
Payback: Australian compensation to wartime Papua New Guinea
Patrol reports: sources for assessing war damage in Papua New Guinea

Other Nationalities
Forgotten soldiers in the Japanese army: Asian POWs in Papua New Guinea
Chinese experiences of the war in New Guinea
'Disgrace to the Japanese Army': Indian soldiers in New Guinea, 1944-45 To and from Rabaul
Japanese military nurses in Rabaul
Zentsuji and Totsuka: Australians from Rabaul as prisoners of war in Japan
Review by Justin Taylan  

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