Kokoda / Peter FitzSimons.
By: FitzSimons, Peter.Material type: BookPublisher: Sydney, Australia : Hodder, 2004Description: xviii, 490 pages, p. of plates : illustrations, map, ports ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0733616151.Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Papua New Guinea | World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Australian | World War, 1939-1945 -- Papua New Guinea | Kokoda Trail (Papua New Guinea) -- HistoryDDC classification: 940.5426 | 940.5426
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
Peter FitzSimons weaves together the extraordinary story of Kokoda.
For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know the names of the men who fought on the track, or even the details of what happened. More Australians died in the months of fighting in Papua, than in any other campaign of World War II. Now bestselling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, and moving, style for all Australians.
Kokoda was a defining battle for Australia, where a small force of young, ill-equipped Australians engaged a highly experienced and hitherto unstoppable Japanese force on a narrow, precarious jungle track. Again and again, the outnumbered Australians risked everything to stop the Japanese from advancing along the track towards mainland Australia.
Conditions on the track were hellish and the men constantly battled malaria and dysentery, as well as the Japanese. The Australian troops were wounded and exhausted beyond belief, but always found that extra bit of spirit to fight on.
Kokoda is a superb blend of authority and gripping storytelling-history at its best.
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