Those Ragged Bloody Heroes
From the Kokoda Trail to Gona Beach 1942. During July to September 1942 the Japanese set about the capture of Port Moresby by an overland crossing of the Owen Stanley Range and a landing in Milne Bay. To oppose a force of 10,000 crack Japanese troops on the Kokoda Trail, the Allies committed one under-trained and poorly-equipped unit - the 39th Battalion, later reinforced by veterans of the 21st Brigade, 7th Division AIF. These were the men of Maroubra Force. This is the story of the Kokoda and Gona campaigns through the eyes of these men. The book raises serious questions about the planning and command of both Kokoda and Gona campaigns. Those Ragged Bloody Heroes is a stirring history of triumph, tragedy and controversy set in the mud and steaming jungle of the Kokoda trail and on the fire swept beaches of Gona. Paperback, Partially illustrated, 404 pages.