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.
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This was a piece of the war in the Pacific that I knew little about. If you want to learn about some real Aussie heroes, I highly recommend this fine book.
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.
The story is really quite good - very well written, and I found it interesting to get an Australian perspective on WWII, especially as regards the working relationship with the US - but the best part of this audiobook is the narration. I've listened to more than a hundred audiobooks now, and Lewis Fitzgerald is hands-down the best narrator I've heard.
Loved this story from beginning to end. It was captivating and read with so much passion...felt so real that I could've been there. Great story, great story tellers and great history. Would highly recommend this audiobook.
A well researched narrative of a months long campaign across some of the world's hardest terrain! Fighting a war thru that was a test of human wills against two radically different civilizations.... both in a brutal jungle, sworn to destroy the other.
"Komodo" was a well written military history about a part of WWII most Americans are unaware of. Those men deserve more recognition and respect than we gave them.
This is a must-read for all Australians to help understand the sacrifice made to protect the people of our great country.
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