History

The Way It Was in New Guinea

Hell’s Battlefield: The Australians in New Guinea in World War II by Phillip Bradley Allen & Unwin, 2012, 528 pages, $49.99 Phillip Bradley, in my eyes, stands established as a high authority on Australia’s military history in the Pacific. His status rests not only on his powerful, thorough and scrupulous use of a scholar’s normal sources: the documents and archives, careful and extended interviews with surviving veterans, and so on. All this is underpinned by what I call the sometimes brutal discipline of the boot: however difficult and dangerous it may now have become to reach a former battlefield, or…

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