A BASTARD OF A PLACE: Australians in PApua

January 29th, 2005  

Topic: A BASTARD OF A PLACE: Australians in PApua

Great read for all those interested in the New Guinea campaign of WWII.
Written by Peter Brune and covers the following campaignss;
Milne Bay
Gona Buna
Mainly about the Australian units involved but does do some justice to the few American units that fought there as well.
Excert from the book:
The lethargic flow of the brackish water had also borne the incomplete, maggot infested Japanese corpse to softly nudge them or float slowly past.
If you needed a shit here, you didn't have toilet paper, so you wiped your arse with your hand or sand or leaves and then washed it in the swamp. You took your socks off only when clean socks arrived-they'd only had one change. And hungry! Just one feed a day. To all who fought here, this was a bastard of a place.
January 29th, 2005  
A Can of Man
The Jungle... the swamp.... I know what it's like though I never had the misfortune of having to fight there.
Basically the instant you hit a swamp everything just starts to decompose... including yourself. Hats off to those guys who survived it.
February 6th, 2005  
Young Winston
I must read it.

I saw it in the local bookshop yesterday.

"Kokoda" is another good one. Can't remember the author.
May 2nd, 2005  
Kokoda was outstanding. Frightening to imagine going through what those guys did. Cheers to them, for the first defeat inflicted on the Japanese in the land war of WW2.