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The Hard Slog: Australians in the Bougainville Campaign, 1944-45 : The Australian Army History Series - Karl James

The Hard Slog: Australians in the Bougainville Campaign, 1944-45

The Australian Army History Series

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Published: 2nd November 2016
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The island of Bougainville in the South Pacific was the site of one of the largest and most gruelling campaigns fought by Australian forces during the Second World War. During the offensive against the Japanese from November 1944 to August 1945, more than 500 Australians were killed and two Victoria Crosses awarded.

A veteran later described Bougainville as 'one long bloody hard slog'. Despite this, little is known about the campaign, which was dismissed as an unnecessary and costly operation. In the first major study of the Bougainville campaign since 1963, Karl James argues that it was in fact a justifiable use of Australia's military resources. Drawing on original archival research, including wartime reports and soldiers' letters and diaries, James illustrates the experience of Australian soldiers who fought.

Generously illustrated with over forty photographs, this important book tells how this often overlooked battle played an important part in Australia's Second World War victory.

"...excellent new book..." -Richard Tada, ArmchairGeneral.com

The unnecessary war
Torokina and the Outer Islands
The Central Sector
The Northern Sector
The Southern Sector
Slater's Knoll
To Buin
Peace
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ISBN: 9781107017320
ISBN-10: 1107017327
Series: Australian Army History Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 334
Published: 2nd November 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.64