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A Bastard of a Place - Peter Brune

A Bastard of a Place

Paperback Published: 1st April 2004
ISBN: 9781741144031
Number Of Pages: 704

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'. . . Brune's book is a timely reminder that despite the warmest alliances, nations sometimes have to stand up and save themselves.' - The Weekend Australian Financial Review

'. . . A Bastard of a Place undeniably ranks as the best book ever written about the Aussie battles in Papua . . . Very highly recommended, and certainly one of the best books of the year.' - Bill Stone, Stone + Stone Second World War Books website

In 1942 and early 1943 Papua New Guinea was 'a bastard of a place' to fight a war. Peter Brune gives us the final, all-encompassing story of the five battles that changed Australia forever.

Peter's compelling narrative resonates with the voices of both the well-trained AIF volunteer, and the young Militia conscript who triumphed together. He interviewed hundreds of these soldiers and himself travelled the treacherous terrain and bloody battlegrounds where so many of their mates perished. Peter 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.

A Bastard of a Place restores Milne Bay, Gona, Buna and Sanananda to their rightful place beside Kokoda to what they should collectively be for all Australians sacred ground.

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"A valuable read for anyone interested in men at war and particularly for students of the Pacific War." --The NYMAS Review
A valuable read for anyone interested in men at war and particularly for students of the Pacific War. The NYMASReview"

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Mapsp. xi
Kokodap. 2
Spreading the Oilp. 3
The Deep Thinkersp. 16
Dog Riverp. 30
Theatre of Warp. 53
Bert and Docp. 82
Courage Feeds on Hopep. 115
God, King and Countryp. 133
Both Sides of the Valleyp. 159
...the Devotion of a Motherp. 169
...calmly Bravep. 190
Modern Day Disciplesp. 216
I'll Fry His Soul...p. 236
Milne Bayp. 262
Outpost of the Empirep. 263
Spirits Good Herep. 292
Left High and Dryp. 318
Pig's Arse You Are!p. 341
Time for a Capstanp. 362
The Glassy Stare of Deathp. 378
Gona-buna-sananandap. 400
... Come Up Here and Bloody Try!p. 401
I Know They'll Fightp. 422
A Vulgar Public Brawlp. 437
This is Not a Mob!p. 466
Both Immediate and Enduringp. 489
I've Never Got Over Itp. 518
... Nine, Ten ... Out!p. 539
Intensively Trainedp. 555
The Passing of Comradesp. 578
Dancing to the Beatp. 601
Notesp. 623
Bibliographyp. 651
Indexp. 669
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ISBN: 9781741144031
ISBN-10: 1741144035
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 704
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.2  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.05
Edition Number: 1