, Dec 16, 2010
- 512 pages
an engrossing narrative, beautifully controlled by a master storyteller' Michael McKernan, Sydney Morning Herald
The bestselling, acclaimed, authoritative account of one of the most famous battles in Australian military history now established as a classic.
For Australians, Kokoda is the iconic battle of World War II, yet few people know just what happened and just what our troops achieved. In his bestselling book, Peter FitzSimons tells the Kokoda story in his distinctive gripping style. Conditions on the track were hellish rain was constant, the terrain close to inhospitable, food and ammunition supplies were practically non-existent and the men constantly battled malaria and dysentery, as well as the Japanese. Kokoda was a defining battle for Australia a small force of young, ill-equipped Australians engaged a highly experienced and hitherto unstoppable Japanese force on a narrow, precarious jungle track and defeated them.