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The Kokoda Campaign 1942
Myth and Reality

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Part of Australian Army History Series

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  • isbn: 9781107481961

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  • The fighting on the Kokoda track in World War II is second only to Gallipoli in the Australian national consciousness. According to the legend, Australian soldiers were vastly outnumbered by the Japanese, who suffered great losses as a result of Allied fighting and the harsh conditions of the Kokoda track. In this important book, Peter Williams seeks to dispel the Kokoda Myth. Using extensive research and Japanese sources, he explains what really happened on the Kokoda track in 1942. Unlike most other books written from an Australian perspective, this book focuses on the strategies, tactics and battle plans of the Japanese and shows that the Australians were in fact rarely outnumbered. For the first time, this book combines narrative with analysis to present an undistorted picture of the events of the campaign. It is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the truth of the Kokoda Campaign of 1942.

    • Unlike previous works concentrating on the Australians on the Kokoda track, over half of this book concerns the strategy, battle plans and tactics of the Japanese
    • Uses a wide range of Japanese sources
    • Generously illustrated with over 30 photographs and maps
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    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781107481961
    • contains: 30 b/w illus. 8 colour illus. 10 maps
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Strategy
    3. Military intelligence
    4. The Nankai Shitai
    5. From the landing to Deniki
    6. Isurava
    7. Guadalcanal and Milne Bay
    8. The Japanese build-up
    9. First Eora-Templetons
    10. Efogi
    11. Ioribaiwa
    12. Japanese artillery
    13. Malaria and dysentery
    14. The Japanese supply crisis
    15. Second Eora-Templetons
    16. Oivi-Gorari
    17. The war in the air
    18. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Peter Williams, Darwin Military Museum

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