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September 1942 marked the high point of Axis conquest in World War II. In the Pacific, Japan's soldiers had seemed unstoppable. However, the tide was about to turn.  

On Sunday, 6 September 1942, Japanese land forces suffered their first conclusive defeat at the hands of the Allies. At Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea, a predominantly Australian force - including 75 Squadron (fresh from their action in 44 Days) - fought for two weeks to successfully defend a vital airstrip against a determined Japanese invasion. The victorious Australian army units were crucially supported by two locally based squadrons of RAAF Kittyhawks. 

The Battle for Milne Bay and victory for the Allies was a significant turning point in the Pacific War, but while it received worldwide publicity at the time, it has since been largely forgotten. It deserves to be remembered.   

Michael Veitch, actor, presenter and critically acclaimed author, brings to life the incredible exploits and tragic sacrifices of these Australian heroes in another fast-paced and thrilling tale.

©2019 Michael Veitch (P)2019 Hachette Australia Audio

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Amazing Aussie Valor

The Battle of Milne Bay is completely overlooked in WWII history. And it's rarely even mentioned as the first Japanese land defeat largely because it is completely dwarfed by Guadalcanal. And lest we forget, it was the RAAF that saved the day here. All credit goes to the bravest of brave Australian warriors. The Allies were prepared for the Japanese onslaught, which secured the victory. However the losses were absolutely devastating. But as with so many of these stories, the untold men battled through malaria, the oppressing weather, and countless other atrocities. And they never grumbled or wavered in their duty. Oh to have these men today. Thank you Michael Veitch for writing this book about this little known battle and win for the RAAF and the Allies in the Pacific. Michael Veitch is a wonderful narrator. Again, this is one of the rare times where an author is as good of a narrator as a writer. That's not very common. Wonderful all the way around.

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  • 09-02-20

Great listen

It is just a great read. I have listen to it twice and really enjoy it.

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  • 07-30-20

This story must be heard

What a hero “Silent Cyril” is. And how unsung. The turning point of the War in the Pacific, Veitch’s work is thoroughly researched. Well written. And exceptionally performed. This ought to be mandatory reading or listening for every Australian.

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  • 04-22-20

LEST WE FORGET

Great to hear a story of how our histroy, valour, mateship and Aussie spirt was made

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  • 03-08-20

Excellent.

Well written, having worked there in 1987, it made a lot of sense. listing to the story one gets the feeling of being right there. was up set to learn what the US General had to say about Australians as fighters. He just could not accept that anyone else could fight.

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  • 03-01-20

The hell of war

If I wasn’t proud and grateful of the sacrifice made by so many already, Turning Point only strengthens my appreciation. The intimate retelling of the Milne Bay battle, a battle I had previously not heard of, is captivating and an important part of our history that deserves far greater recognition than it has received over the past 80 years. The brutality of war is truly shocking.

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  • 11-16-19

Australians unsung heros

A story every Australian needs to hear. Brilliant and moving. Narrator was sensational and book stuck to the facts.