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The Toughest Fighting in the World: The Australian and American Campaign for New Guinea in World War II
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The Toughest Fighting in the World: The Australian and American Campaign for New Guinea in World War II (Paperback)

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Following their attacks on Pearl Harbor, the Dutch East Indies, and the Philippines, the Japanese invaded New Guinea in early 1942 as part of their attempt to create a Pacific empire. Control of New Guinea would enable Japan to establish large army, air force, and naval bases in close proximity to Australia. The Australians, with American cooperation, began a counterattack in earnest. The mountainous terrain covered with nearly impenetrable tropical forest and full of natural hazards resulted in an exceedingly grueling battleground. The struggle for New Guinea, one of the major campaigns of World War II, lasted the entire war, with the crucial fighting occurring in the first year. In The Toughest Fighting in the World, first published in 1943, Australian war correspondent George H. Johnston recorded the efforts of both the Australian and American troops, aided by the New Guinea native people, throughout 1942 as they fought a series of vicious and bitter battles against a determined foe.

In one of the classic accounts of combat in World War II, the author makes a compelling case that the hardships endured by the soldiers in New Guinea from both nature and the enemy were among the most severe in the war.

History & PoliticsHistory: Chronological20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450-1500History & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyAustralasian & Pacific history Publisher: Westholme Publishing, U.S. Publication Date: 30/09/2011 ISBN-13: 9781594161513  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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GEORGE H. JOHNSTON (1912-1970) was a distinguished Australian war correspondent and author of a number of books, including My Brother Jack and Clean Straw for Nothing, both winners of Australia's Miles Franklin Award. He was awarded an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II in 1969.

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