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The Coast Watchers : The Men Behind Enemy Lines Who Saved the Pacific - Patrick Lindsay

The Coast Watchers

The Men Behind Enemy Lines Who Saved the Pacific

Paperback Published: 3rd October 2011
ISBN: 9781742753126
Number Of Pages: 448

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‘They watched and warned and died that we might live.’ (Inscription on the Coastwatcher Memorial at Madang, PNG)

After Pearl Harbor, Japan swept unchecked through the Pacific. But a tiny band of brave men stayed behind the enemy lines. Aided by loyal islanders, they watched and they warned. They were The Coast Watchers.They saved countless lives - including that of future US President John F. Kennedy - and they changed the course of the Pacific War. They knew capture meant certain execution but, while the Japanese hunted them, they moved and hid in the jungle, taking their cumbersome teleradios with them (equipment that took more than a dozen men to transport). They warned of Japanese air strikes, reported on the movements of their shipping and troops, and saved scores of downed airmen. Their reports gave vital warning time to the Allies and allowed them to take a decisive toll on the enemy.The famed American admiral, William 'Bull' Halsey summed it up: ‘Guadalcanal saved the Pacific, and The Coast Watchers saved Guadalcanal.’

About the Author

Patrick Lindsay is the author of The Spirit of Kokoda, The Essence of Kokoda, The Spirit of the Digger, Back from the Dead, The Spirit of Gallipoli, Cosgrove: Portrait of a Leader as well as a series of short, inspirational books under the It's Never Too Late banner.


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Disgusting how the government of the day left these people behind and made no attempt at Rescue. Also further clear evidence of just how Barbaric the Japs were.

Australind Western Australia


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ISBN: 9781742753126
ISBN-10: 1742753124
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 3rd October 2011
Publisher: Random House Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.9  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 2