About the Book

For the first time ever, the compelling story of the infamous Kokoda Track campaign has been told from both sides of the conflict.

In a unique and balanced portrayal, renowned journalist Paul Ham recounts both the Australian and Japanese perspectives of the events on the hellish Papuan jungle trail where thousands fought and died during World War II. Based on extensive research in Australia and Japan, and including previously unpublished documents, Kokoda intimately relates the stories of ordinary soldiers in 'the world's worst killing field', and examines the role of commanders in sending ill-equipped, unqualified Australian troops into battles that resulted in near 100 per cent casualty rates. It was a war without mercy, fought back and forth along 90 miles (145 km) of river crossings, steep inclines and precipitous descents, with both sides wracked by hunger and disease, and terrified of falling into enemy hands. Defeat was unthinkable: the Australian soldier was fighting for his homeland against an unyielding aggressor; the Japanese ordered to fight to the death in a bid to conquer 'Greater East Asia'. Paul Ham captures the spirits of those soldiers and commanders who clashed in this war of exceptional savagery, and tells of the brave souls on both sides of the campaign whose courage and sacrifices must never be forgotten.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780732282325
  • ISBN 10: 0732282322
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 27/07/2005
  • Pages: 624
  • List Price: 35.00 AUD
  • BISAC1: HISTORY / General

Biography

Paul Ham is the author of many highly acclaimed histories, including KOKODA, VIETNAM, SANDAKAN, 1914 and PASSCHENDAELE. He was born and educated in Australia and lives in Paris, having spent several years working in Britain as a journalist and publisher.


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Other Works by Paul Ham

Yoko's Diary

by Paul Ham

Hiroshima Nagasaki

by Paul Ham

Captain Bullen's War

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