Ring of fire: Australian guerrilla operations against the Japanese in World War II

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Secker & Warburg, 1983 - History - 164 pages
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A worthy record of the bravery and initiative of all the Australian (as well as a few British) commandos who operated in small numbers in the Japanese-held territories of Singapore, Timor, Borneo, Brunei, Labuan, and Sarawak during WW2.
The stories in this book relate in fine detail, the outstanding and almost unbelievable efforts of small groups of dedicated and highly-trained men who succeeded in playing a large part in stalling the Japanese advance towards Australia.
These few brave men inflicted huge amounts of damage, both in destruction of JIA forces and their equipment, on forces that were in some case, thousands of times their size.
The book relates the audacious and highly-successful attacks on Japanese Navy shipping, by the Australian Z Force (Operations Jaywick and Rimau), right inside the military stronghold of Singapore Harbour in 1942.
In addition, the stories of the extensive guerrilla actions of Australian 2/2nd and 2/4th Independent Rifle Companies, against enormously superior Japanese forces, are related in detail.
The 2/2nd IRC, consisting of approximately 300 men, performed one of the most outstanding guerrilla efforts of WW2, on Timor, when this tiny force killed over 1000 Japanese soldiers in guerilla attacks, over a period of approximately 10 months, for a loss of 26 Australians KIA. The JIA forces numbered 15,000 men.
This book is a story of unparalleled courage against overwhelming superior military forces, and a story of privation and outstanding resistance to a brutal and ruthless invader.
Once you read this book, if you're Australian, it will give you new insight into, and respect for, these brave and resourceful men who repelled a brutal invader, who appeared unstoppable at that time.


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