- Pub. Date:
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.
Related collections and offers
Table of Contents
|I.||The Japanese Tide||1|
|III.||Return to Ioribaiwa||35|
|VI.||On to Kododa||87|
|VII.||Enter the 32d Division||101|
|IX.||Buna Operations: First Phase||135|
|X.||Eichelberger Arrives, Harding Departs||155|
|XII.||Clearing the Buna Approaches||189|
|Japanese Offensive at Milne Bay||64|
|Oivi-Gorari 31 October-8 November||118|
|Approach to the Beachhead||128|
|Sanananda Front December 1942||184|
|Warren Front 17-28 December||200|
|Sanananda Operations Final Phase||227|