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MacArthur Strikes Back: Decision at Buna: New Guinea 1942 - 1943

MacArthur Strikes Back: Decision at Buna: New Guinea 1942 - 1943

by Harry A. Gailey




The Japanese defense of the Buna area of the northeastern coast of New Guinea was organized around major strongpoints. Taken together they formed a well-designed complex of mutually supporting bunkers concealed by dense tropical vegetation and sited in such a manner as to cover every possible avenue of approach. It was hot and humid, a mixture of jungle and swamp infested with insects and leeches. Scrub typhus, malaria, dengue fever, and dysentery were epidemic.

The Japanese had already mounted a major attack from Buna across the formidable Owen Stanley Mountains. A meager handful of heroic Australian defenders had managed to stop the attacking Japanese just 30 miles short of their goal, Port Moresby. Possession of Port Moresby, less than 500 miles across the Coral Sea from Australia, would lead to Japanese control of the vital east coast of Australia as well as the military training areas on the north coast around Darwin. The bulk of the Australian Army was deployed overseas in North Africa and green, untested American forces were just beginning to trickle in. Still, the danger posed by the Japanese at Buna was too great.

Although the landing of the 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal in August had disrupted the Japanese campaign for control of the Coral Sea, their efforts in New Guinea continued unabated. Decisive action was required against Buna regardless of the risk.

MacArthur Strikes Back is the first book to cover the vitally important Buna campaign. Long over-shadowed by the combat on nearby Guadalcanal, Allied success on New Guinea was a prerequisite for defeat of the Japanese Empire.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780891417026
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2000
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.81(w) x 8.79(h) x 1.09(d)
Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

I.The Japanese Tide1
II.MacArthur Arrives17
III.Return to Ioribaiwa35
IV.Milne Bay59
V.Changing Commands73
VI.On to Kododa87
VII.Enter the 32d Division101
VIII.Sanananda-Gona Operation117
IX.Buna Operations: First Phase135
X.Eichelberger Arrives, Harding Departs155
XI.Sanananda Stalemate171
XII.Clearing the Buna Approaches189
XIII.Final Offensives213
Papuan Campaign38
Japanese Offensive at Milne Bay64
Oivi-Gorari 31 October-8 November118
Approach to the Beachhead128
Sanananda Front December 1942184
Warren Front 17-28 December200
Urbana Front204
Sanananda Operations Final Phase227

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