Updated edition - with a new foreword by Peter FitzSimons.
For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. Now, bestselling author Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in a gripping, moving story for all Australians.
Conditions on the track were hellish - rain was constant, the terrain close to inhospitable, food and ammunition supplies were practically non-existent and the men constantly battled malaria and dysentery, as well as the Japanese.
Kokoda was a defining battle for Australia - a small force of young, ill-equipped Australians engaged a highly experienced and hitherto unstoppable Japanese force on a narrow, precarious jungle track - and defeated them.
In a new chapter Peter FitzSimons looks at the importance and symbolism of Kokoda in our history, and what we can all learn from it personally.
combines stories from both sides with the history of the event to produce a gripping tale - AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW
an eloquent case as to why Kokoda should be revered - THE AGE
a moving account of the ordeal and experiences of Australian soldiers - DAILY TELEGRAPH
an engrossing narrative, beautifully controlled by a master storyteller - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
This reads like fiction, but it is all fact - Lieutenant Allan Kanga Moore, 39th Battalion