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Author Sublet, Frank, 1910-

Title Kokoda to the sea : a history of the 1942 campaign in Papua / Frank Sublet
Published McCrae, Vic. : Slouch Hat Publications, 2000


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 W'PONDS  940.5426 Sub/Ktt  AVAILABLE
Description 192 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents Introduction -- MacArthur -- Maroubra Force -- Reinforcements of Maroubra Force -- The battle of Isurava-Abuari -- Withdrawal to Efogi -- Near disaster at Efogi -- End of the road -- The road back : a cautious advance -- The 16th Brigade enters the battle -- Vasey triumphs at Oivi-Gorari -- To the sea -- The 21st Brigade called on again -- Fall of Gona -- The threat at Amboga -- Epilogue -- Appendix 1 : main ground forces in the Papuan campaign
Summary "In recent years a number of books have been written about the Australian campaign in Papua during the crisis year of 1942. The saga of the ferocious battles along the infamous Kokoda Track now ranks alongside those of the earlier campaign at Gallipoli. The words - Kokoda and Gallipoli, are now very much part of our military heritage. For the first time we have a detailed description of the campaign at Kokoda and Gona, written by a senior officer who participated in the bitter struggle. Lieutenant Colonel Frank Sublet, DSO, MC, was present during much of the fighting, and has presented a critical analysis of the campaign, which highlights the blunders made by the Australian Government in neglecting Papua prior to the Japanese invasion; the conflicts between MacArthur and Blamy, also Blamey and Rowell; the erroneous strategic and tactical judgements made by the commanders of both sides during the Papuan campaign. Despite squabbling at higher command levels, the constant theme of 'Kokoda to the sea' is that of the bravery and endurance of the Australian soldier during a period in which Port Moresby and Australia were in grave peril from an over-confident Japanese army. 'Kokoda to the sea' provides a new and provocative perspective on an important phase of our military history." -- book jacket
Analysis History, 1901-1945
Kokoda Track
Papua New Guinea
World War 2
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 188-189
Subject Australia. Australian Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Australia. Australian Army -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Japan.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Papua New Guinea.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Australia.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan.
Kokoda Track (Papua New Guinea)
Kokoda Trail (Papua New Guinea)
LC no. 00002123
ISBN 0958529647