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Those Ragged Bloody Heroes : From the Kokoda Trail to Gona Beach 1942 - Peter Brune

Those Ragged Bloody Heroes

From the Kokoda Trail to Gona Beach 1942

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The Kokoda Trail is part of Australian military folklore.

During July to September 1942 the Japanese set about the capture of Port Moresby by an overland crossing of the Owen Stanley Range, and a landing in Milne Bay. To oppose a force of 10,000 crack Japanese troops on the Kokoda Trail, the Allies committed one under-trained and poorly-equipped unit - the 39th Battalion, later reinforced by Veterans of the 21st Brigade, 7th Division AIF. These were then men of Maroubra Force.

The Australians put up a desperate fight. They withdrew village by village, forcing the Japanese to fight for every inch of ground. Finally at Ioribaiwa, the Japanese turned away, beaten and exhausted. The Australian soldiers' reward for their remarkable achievement was denigration by the High Command - General Blamey called them 'running rabbits'.

Then in December 1942 when the fighting at the beachheads had produced little success, the former members of Maroubra Force captured Gona after heavy fighting - but at tragic cost.

Those Ragged Bloody Heroes is the story of those battles told as never before, through the eyes of the Australian soldiers who fought there. It is a story that raises serious questions about the planning and command of the Kokoda and Gona campaigns.

Those Ragged Bloody Heroes is a stirring history of triumph, tragedy and controversy set in the mud and steaming jungle of the Kokoda Trail and the fireswept beaches at Gona.

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

1 Peace in our time

2 The threshold of fear

3 The devil's design

4 No do-or-die stunts

5 A desperate baptism

6 On our last bloody legs

7 Confident even cocksure

8 Unawed in the gates of death

9 Rupert's clinic

10 Full of fight but utterly weary

11 A question of momentum

12 92 this way

13 The rabbit that runs

14 To the beach-head

15 Not to reason why

16 Embarrassed to be alive

17 Silent

Notes

Bibliography

Index

ISBN: 9781741145595
ISBN-10: 1741145597
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 1st August 2005
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition