War by Stealth: Australians and the Allied Intelligence Bureau 1942-1945

Overview

The intriguing and daring story of the Australian coast-watchers in New Britain and the Solomon Islands during World War II is fairly well known, but they were part of a wider organisation. The Allied Intelligence Bureau was General MacArthur's intelligence, special operations and field propaganda unit in the Pacific War, 1942-45. The AIB was unique in its multinational composition. Under American leadership, it included British, Dutch, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian members, although many of the leaders ...
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Overview

The intriguing and daring story of the Australian coast-watchers in New Britain and the Solomon Islands during World War II is fairly well known, but they were part of a wider organisation. The Allied Intelligence Bureau was General MacArthur's intelligence, special operations and field propaganda unit in the Pacific War, 1942-45. The AIB was unique in its multinational composition. Under American leadership, it included British, Dutch, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian members, although many of the leaders and most of the field operatives were Australian. Its area of operations stretched from New Guinea to the Solomon Islands and from Indonesia, including Borneo, to the Asian mainland. Using much newly released, formerly secret archival material from Britain, the USA and Australia, this new full-scale study of the AIB examines for the first time relations between operatives and native peoples - a relationship critical for the success or failure of missions that were often appallingly dangerous. It also lays bare the power struggles within the organisation itself - conflicts over national, military and personal interests that were constant and intense - heightened by the conduct of war at a time that was, without doubt, the most desperate in Australian history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780522846911
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Pages: 424

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations
1 Beginnings 1
2 Operations and Machinations, 1942 32
3 Co-ordination and Cartwheel, 1943 72
4 Tribulations: Singapore and Timor, 1943-1945 118
5 Indonesia and the South China Sea, 1943-1945 151
6 Training, Transport and Tensions, 1943-1945 182
7 North Eastern Area Operations, 1944-1945 224
8 Borneo, 1943-1945 266
9 The Human Element 315
Conclusion 357
Notes 365
Bibliography 395
Index 404
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