A Bastard of a Place - The Australians in Papua

Peter Brune

In 1942 and early 1943 Papua New Guinea was 'a bastard of a place' to fight a war. Bestselling author Peter Brune gives an all-encompassing story of the five battles that changed Australia forever: Kokoda, Milne Bay, Gona, Buna and Sanananda. This compelling narrative resonates with the voices of both the well-trained AIF volunteer, and the young Militia conscript who triumphed together. Peter interviewed hundreds of these soldiers and travelled the treacherous terrain and bloody battlegrounds where so many of their mates perished. He reveals the inside story of how Generals MacArthur and Blamey sacrificed many of the senior Australian field commanders as scapegoats to protect their own positions. Soft cover, maps, photographs, 691 pages.

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