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The Path of Infinite Sorrow : The Japanese on the Kokoda Track - Craig Collie

The Path of Infinite Sorrow

The Japanese on the Kokoda Track

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'We were all skin and bone, as if our stomachs were stuck to the inside wall of our back.'

Two armies, Japanese and Australian, each in turn pushing the other back along a muddy, precipitous track over the mountainous spine of New Guinea. Few prisoners were taken, most were shot. War conventions were routinely flouted, by both sides. Troops were reduced to a primal level, such were the inhuman conditions in which battles were waged. This was the Kokoda campaign of 1942.

The Australian experience of Kokoda has been told often and told well. The Japanese, however, remain the shadowy enemy lurking in the dense undergrowth, better known for atrocities than their participation in battle.

The Path of Infinite Sorrow tells for the first time the story of the campaign from the Japanese point of view. Based on personal accounts and the recollections of six Japanese soldiers, captured diaries and the unit diaries of the Australian forces, this powerful re-examination of Kokoda brings a new perspective to one of the most brutal conflicts in Australian war history.

Craig Collie has been a television producer for over 35 years. Hajime Marutani is a translator-interpreter and was a researcher for the Australian War Memorial's Australia-Japan Research Project. They met when working on the production team of Beyond Kokoda, the award-winning documentary series screened on The History Channel in Australia. Craig and Hajime live with their families in Sydney and Tokyo respectively.

"A major contribution to the literature of the war in the Southwest Pacific." --"The NYMAS Review "

Mapsp. vii
On Ioribaiwa Ridgep. 1
Empire and emperorp. 5
The road to total warp. 16
From the mountains to the seap. 29
Forward base Rabaulp. 39
The taking of Kokodap. 59
The fateful delayp. 78
Milne Bayp. 97
To the end of the linep. 115
'Change the marching direction'p. 139
Buying timep. 155
General Horii's last standp. 172
Dug in on swamplandp. 192
Madness and desperationp. 207
On the track to Sananandap. 225
Buna fallsp. 238
Evacuationp. 253
The long journey homep. 273
Out of the ashesp. 279
The path of infinite sorrowp. 288
Japanese soldiers appearing in this bookp. 292
The Japanese military hierarchyp. 294
Notesp. 296
Bibliographyp. 310
Acknowledgementsp. 315
Indexp. 316
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ISBN: 9781742375915
ISBN-10: 174237591X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st March 2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1