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[[ Read E-pub ]] ò Kokoda Ó For the first time ever, the compelling story of the infamous Kokoda Track campaign has been told from both sides of the conflictIn 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fought and died during World War II Based on extensive research in Australia and Japan, and including previously unpublished documents, Kokoda intimately relates the stories of ordinary soldiers in the world s worst killing field , and examines the role of commanders in sending ill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 nearper cent casualty rates It was a war without mercy, fought back and forth alongmileskm 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 I was tempted to rate this book 4 stars but there were too many bothersome things for me Consider this a 3.5 star rating.Overall this is a solid book on the fighting in New Guinea between the Allies primarily the Australians and the Japanese in WWII As the name implies it focuses on the Kokoda trail campaign, but also covers the Buna Gona and Sanananda fighting pretty thoroughly Milne Bay is touched on the rest of the later battles in New Guinea are not The author does a very nice job of I was tempted to rate this book 4 stars but there were too many bothersome things for me Consider this a 3.5 star rating.Overall this is a solid book on the fighting in New Guinea between the Allies primarily the Australians and the Japanese in WWII As the name implies it focuses on the Kokoda trail campaign, but also covers the Buna Gona and Sanananda fighting pretty thoroughly Milne Bay is touched on the rest of the later battles in New Guinea are not The author does a very nice job of conveying the horror of fighting a war in some of the roughest terrain on Earth So what were the problems First there were a few issues with the writing that made me stop and say, huh Small issues of this kind you can gloss over, but when it takes you right out of the book it s a problem For example, when describing the rift between Australian generals Blamey and Rowell, Ham writes, Blamey pursued a bitter personal vendetta against the man He literally sank his teeth into Rowell s carcass and refused to let go Really He literally sank his teeth into Rowell s carcass He actually ate the man s flesh I expect posts on Facebook to screw up using the word literally I don t expect this from a published author.Then there s this Thus the most disciplined army in the world was reduced to carrying primitives weapons It brings to mind the Nazi panzerfausts boys on bicycles sent into battle against Russian tanks at the fall of Berlin A panzerfaust was a one shot anti tank weapon used by the Germans, a predecessor of today s rocket propelled grenades While I suppose the Nazis may have in fact sent panzerfaust armed boys out on bicycles, the panzerfaust was not itself a boy on a bicycle as the sentence would make think.Less glaring, but added to the list With no vaccine against malaria in 1942, quinine and Atebrin were the most effective suppressants There is no vaccine against malaria now.Finally there s the pretty rampant pro Australia theme running through the book Given that the author is Australian I expected some of this General MacArthur was a relentless self promoter and glory seeker, and I already knew that he often referred to Allied often entirely Australian victories in New Guinea as Allied or even US triumphs This led to considerable bitterness amongst Australians It s clear that this bitterness lives on in Mr Ham The only US soldier to garner any praise in the book is General Robert Eichelberger The rest are generally dismissed as amateurs or worse This is the by far the best book to read if you want to learn and understand what Australian and Japanese soldiers endured during one of the worst campaigns in the Pacific during World War Two The main story covers the infamous Kokoda Track campaign, and is told from both sides of the conflict, offering a balanced portrayal The story is well told and the book moves along at a fast pace which isn t bad for a military history book Detailed research and a gripping, horrible account of terrible b This is the by far the best book to read if you want to learn and understand what Australian and Japanese soldiers endured during one of the worst campaigns in the Pacific during World War Two The main story covers the infamous Kokoda Track campaign, and is told from both sides of the conflict, offering a balanced portrayal The story is well told and the book moves along at a fast pace which isn t bad for a military history book Detailed research and a gripping, horrible account of terrible battles fought in hellish terrain The author ensures that Australian and Japanese perspectives of the hellish Papuan jungle trail are presented in a non bias light With Kokoda, Paul Ham crafted a striking account of World War II as it played out in the forbidding hills and jungles of Papua New Guinea Ham relied heavily on firsthand accounts field reports, journals, diaries, letters as well as interviews with survivors, both Australian and Japanese Even if he occasionally lapsed into bald Aussie flag waving, his effort nevertheless must rank among the best on the campaign that defined Australia s role in the Pacific War I finished the book with nothi With Kokoda, Paul Ham crafted a striking account of World War II as it played out in the forbidding hills and jungles of Papua New Guinea Ham relied heavily on firsthand accounts field reports, journals, diaries, letters as well as interviews with survivors, both Australian and Japanese Even if he occasionally lapsed into bald Aussie flag waving, his effort nevertheless must rank among the best on the campaign that defined Australia s role in the Pacific War I finished the book with nothing but respect for the average Digger They did their country proud under some of the worst conditions in a war unlike anyone expected Ham s Kokoda is strong Four Star material.This review addresses the audiobook version of Paul Ham s Kokoda I quite enjoy learningabout history from a different i.e non American perspective, and learningabout the war in the Pacific has personal meaning for me because my great uncle was a POW in Japan.But it was especially interesting to be listening to this audiobook and learnabout General MacArthur s role in WWII and his personality, actions, political moves, propaganda, etc., right before Trump mentioned him in the first presidential debate I haven t yet read other essays curre I quite enjoy learningabout history from a different i.e non American perspective, and learningabout the war in the Pacific has personal meaning for me because my great uncle was a POW in Japan.But it was especially interesting to be listening to this audiobook and learnabout General MacArthur s role in WWII and his personality, actions, political moves, propaganda, etc., right before Trump mentioned him in the first presidential debate I haven t yet read other essays currently circulating that discuss what it means or why Trump identifies with MacArthur and Patton in comparison to other U.S generals of history but given MacArthur s flimsy relationship with truth and quickness to take credit for others actions, I really wasn t surprised to hear his name spoken by Trump And once again, it s important for us to revisit and relearn history as the proverbial saying goes