The Japanese seizure of Rabaul on New Britain in January 1942 directly threatened Northern Australia and, as a result, General Douglas MacArthur took command of the Southwest Pacific Area. In July 1942, the Japanese attacked south across the Owen Stanley mountain range. Thanks to the hasty deployment of Australian militiamen and veteran Imperial Force troops the Japanese were halted at Ioribaiwa Ridge just 27 miles from Port Moresby. MacArthur's priority was to regain Northeast New Guinea and New Britain.
The capture of airfields at Buna and re-occupation of Gona and Sanananda Point were pre-requisites. The Allied offensive opened on 16 November 1942 with Australian infantrymen and light tanks alongside the US 32nd Infantry Division. Overcoming the Japanese and the inhospitable terrain in tropical conditions proved the toughest of challenges. It remains an achievement of the highest order that the campaign ended successfully on 22 January 1943. This account with its clear text and superb imagery is a worthy tribute to those who fought and, all too often, died there.
About the Author
Jon Diamond MD is a kidney specialist in the USA with a deep interest in the Second World War. He is a keen collector of photographs. His Stilwell and the Chindits, War in the South Pacific, Invasion of Sicily, Invasion of the Italian Mainland: Salerno to Gustav Line, 1943-1944, Onto Rome 1944; Anzio and Victory at Cassino and Beyond Rome to the Alps; Across the Arno and Gothic Line, 1944-1945 and Op Plunder The Rhine River Crossing are all published by Pen and Sword in the Images of War series.
"...presents a collection of very powerful images which historians, and those in the modeling community, will find impressive."-- "IPMS/USA"
"...offers good overview text of the offensive, complete with six black and white maps, which helps place the photographs in context with the various operations, including the three-month attack/siege of Buna. Enjoyed it."-- "Historical Miniatures Gaming Society"
"...a fascinating look at real jungle warfare and the images only accentuate how miserable troops must have been during the fighting."-- "ModelingMadness.Com"
"It will be of interest to both modelers and military historians alike."-- "AMPS Indianapolis"
Series: Images of War
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 30th March 2020
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.66
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