Kokoda

Kokoda For the first time ever the compelling story of the infamous Kokoda Track campaign has been told from both sides of the conflict In a unique and balanced portrayal renowned journalist Paul Ham recou

  • Title: Kokoda
  • Author: Paul Ham
  • ISBN: 9780732276935
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • For the first time ever, the compelling story of the infamous Kokoda Track campaign has been told from both sides of the conflict In a unique and balanced portrayal, renowned journalist Paul Ham recounts both the Australian and Japanese perspectives of the events on the hellish Papuan jungle trail where thousands fought and died during World War II Based on extensive resFor the first time ever, the compelling story of the infamous Kokoda Track campaign has been told from both sides of the conflict In a unique and balanced portrayal, renowned journalist Paul Ham recounts both the Australian and Japanese perspectives of the events on the hellish Papuan jungle trail where thousands fought and died during World War II Based on extensive research in Australia and Japan, and including previously unpublished documents, Kokoda intimately relates the stories of ordinary soldiers in the world s worst killing field , and examines the role of commanders in sending ill equipped, unqualified Australian troops into battles that resulted in near 100 per cent casualty rates It was a war without mercy, fought back and forth along 90 miles 145 km of river crossings, steep inclines and precipitous descents, with both sides wracked by hunger and disease, and terrified of falling into enemy hands Defeat was unthinkable the Australian soldier was fighting for his homeland against an unyielding aggressor the Japanese ordered to fight to the death in a bid to conquer Greater East Asia Paul Ham captures the spirits of those soldiers and commanders who clashed in this war of exceptional savagery, and tells of the brave souls on both sides of the campaign whose courage and sacrifices must never be forgotten.

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    1. This is the by far the best book to read if you want to learn and understand what Australian and Japanese soldiers endured during one of the worst campaigns in the Pacific during World War Two. The main story covers the infamous Kokoda Track campaign, and is told from both sides of the conflict, offering a balanced portrayal. The story is well told and the book moves along at a fast pace which isn't bad for a military history book. Detailed research and a gripping, horrible account of terrible b [...]

    2. SUMMARY of ReviewHam’s Kokoda is an excellent account of the Kokoda Track and battles in Papua. The reader will gain an excellent understanding of the torturous conditions of this battle, as well as the disorganized and egotistical leadership involved in the Pacific theater during the outset of the war. Ham uses an exceptionally large list of superior sources, including journals and government documents, to ground his facts, while also interjecting moments of poignancy with personal letters an [...]

    3. I quite enjoy learning more about history from a different (i.e. non-American) perspective, and learning more about the war in the Pacific has personal meaning for me because my great-uncle was a POW in Japan.But it was especially interesting to be listening to this audiobook and learn more about General MacArthur's role in WWII and his personality, actions, political moves, propaganda, etc right before Trump mentioned him in the first presidential debate. I haven't yet read other essays current [...]

    4. Very interesting and readable. I spent a lot of time in the USA and visited Pacific War Museums in New Orleans and in Texas (in Admiral Nimitz's hometown). From memory this campaign didn't get much mention in either place. I suppose the Guadalcanal battles took all the attention as these were American affairs and the role of Australians in this period of the war is naturally of less interest to Americans, but this story is worth knowing and this account of it is very well written.

    5. I listened to the audio version of this book. Though I have not read other books on Kokoda I believe I would be fairly close to accurate to say this would be one of the most detailed books available.

    6. I was tempted to rate this book 4 stars but there were too many bothersome things for me. Consider this a 3.5 star rating.Overall this is a solid book on the fighting in New Guinea between the Allies (primarily the Australians) and the Japanese in WWII. As the name implies it focuses on the Kokoda trail campaign, but also covers the Buna-Gona and Sanananda fighting pretty thoroughly. Milne Bay is touched on; the rest of the later battles in New Guinea are not. The author does a very nice job of [...]

    7. I’m not really very interested in military history or books about war but I picked up this audio book at the library because military history is part of the history curriculum at school and I felt an obligation to be a bit more informed about the Kokoda Campaign than I was.The six-month campaign on the Kokoda Track in 1942-3 is iconic in Australia, the stuff of legend. All our best trained troops were fighting overseas when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour and they had swept through southea [...]

    8. Well researched story from WWII Pacific theater. This book is a standout because it includes diaries and interviews with soldiers from both sides. Ham pulls no punches,, not for the Allies or the Japanese. He adds so many horrific details, it is not a book for the faint of heart but it does make me wonder how the survivors coped with post war life.

    9. History of a little-known theater of WWII - from the Australian viewpoint. The author is no fan of either Douglas McArthur or Austrailian General Thomas Blamey who did not understand the nature of war in the jungle and failed to support fully the troops on the ground during the battle for New Guinea.

    10. Extensively researched and includes information which had previously been classified. Gives a much better and more balanced understanding of the events including the political decisions as well as the war theatre in PNG from of 1942 to 1943. Highly recommended.

    11. This book is vitally important to Australia and Japan. I think it is the superior to any other written on this particular theatre. It is an unapologetic account of one of the fiercest battles fought in the Second World War. Phenomenally well researched and well written.

    12. More of an accurate historical book told more from the australian point of view. P.F. has written another book that involves the japenese story as well. Pretty good.

    13. Such a balanced view of such an horrific episode. The personal stories and detail make this a fascinating read; I never lost interest, and not a type of book I would normally read.

    14. Excellent. The story of young Australian soldiers fighting the Japanese in New Guinea in 1942. a book men should love.

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