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, best-selling 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.
©2005 Peter FitzSimons (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
This rendition kept me awake all night, with tears of sorrow and chest pumping pride.
Despite the petty politics of the 'high ups' these few men were there to do a job. Stop the Japs. They did, but at a cost.
This book is about mate-ship and lost mates. It makes you proud to be Australian to learn more of the New Guinea campaign's details and the privations endured by our fathers and grandfathers in support of their families back home.
Military History and Archaeology
Yes it is a good story/history of the trials and heroic deeds of the 2nd AIF.
Yes but there is no way to do it in one sitting, but the book will keep you interested
History of a campaign that is all but forgotten, thanks for retelling the history of the AIF in the Pacfic.
An engrossing read which will keep you entertained to the end. Write some more like this please Peter.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
Kokoda is legend in Australia, and no doubt many places in the world with legends and stories abound. Peter Fitzsimons does a wonderful job in his telling.
Consider this comparable to his Tobruk
I am a retired social worker/psychotherapist/group therapist. I am also a qualified senior flight instructor. I served as an air traffic control officer in the Australian Air Force during the Vietnam War. I am a keen sea-kayaker. I recently completed a Master's degree and am working towards a PhD.
This book gives a very moving and graphic account of the first time the Japanese Imperial Army was defeated on land during World War 2. It describes how a battalion of Australian Army Reserve soldiers slowed the advance of the Japanese across New Guinea long enough to allow the arrival of battle seasoned Australian Army Regular soldiers from the Middle East. Eventually, the Australians pushed the Japanese back and defeated them.
I will listen to this more than twice Peter covers the story of Kokoda well, with a touch of humor .
A little to-much like a novel .But a GREAT book
Cuz it was fair dinkum and even better
Strong men we don't build these guys anymore. Makes me want to cry and be proud at the same time.
yes. It goes into the story behind the war in a part of the world not often talked about...Australia.
The incredible down to earth courage of the Australian citizen soldier in the face incompetent leaders and geographical nightmares. It was disheartening to see such incredible efforts ignored by political and military leaders
This is just another work bringing to light the farce that Douglas McArthur was. I grew up thinking he was a war hero...well, time will eventually bring out the truth and it has
Dedicated, abandoned, victorious
All the moments describing individuals, their dreams, their pain.
I might have put the book down in tears, but the Mr. FitzGerald's performance lured me further into the story.
Little known story of bravery
This is not the sort of story I usually go for, but I was hooked by the second chapter. What a "Greatest Generation" these young Australians could have been.
Retired reading, English, & math teacher. Survivor of rear-ending on Channel 5 bridge in Florida Keys that resulted in 10 day coma&rehab,
Complete with details and people. This is about a part of WWII in Pacific that is not well known. It ties together many parts of the story and makes it real. Worthwhile listen/read with ears.
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