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Peter FITZSIMONS / KOKODA [ Audiobook ]
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20 Jul, 2014 15:14:31 AEST
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8 Hours on  MP3 CD

Read by Lewis Fitzgerald

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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I think that for Australians, the Kokoda Track represents a large part of their sense of identity, much as Gallipoli does for us New Zealanders. The story of a bunch of Aussie cobbers doing battle in terrible conditions against numerically stronger forces on Australia's doorstep and coming out the victor does resonates strongly with this reviewer. Peter Fitzsimons has written an excellent account of the Kokoda campaign, from the "Chocos" who struggled against the odds and their own commanders' lack of confidence in their battle worthiness to the professional AIF troops, especially the officers. Dominating the whole Kokoda campaign is the terrain itself, the track and the Owen Stanley ranges. The Australians and the Japanese were not just fighting each other, they were fighting to survive the conditions. The book primarily focuses on the fighting men, and accordingly there is a major change in language and tone as one shifts from the track itself, where informal and colloquial language is dominant, back to Port Moresby, and then even further back to GHQ in Brisbane.

The Australian High Command is not overlooked in "Kokoda". The author makes it very clear that the frontline troops were very much let down by their leaders, whom grossly lacked an understanding of the difficulties of waging war in the Papuan jungle, and made no attempt to rectify this. Blamey, the overall Australian commander directing the majority of the battle from far afield, comes in for much harsh criticism, as does General MacArthur. This is in stark contrast to the lower and mid-level command who excelled in the field under horrific circumstances. The author has also included some Japanese perspectives to the battle, although these are somewhat limited.

5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 9 Oct 2012
A must read for all those interested in military matters. The tenacity of the Auzzie reserve forces and later their professional comrades in holding back the Imperial Japanese forces is well told in this satisfying account. It is well structured, giving background of the larger picture both politically and strategically, as well as informing of the experiences of the individual combatants, from Generals, commissioned officers and privates. Highly recommended!!

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