The Men who Came Out of the Ground: A Gripping Account of Australia's First Commando Campaign : Timor 1942

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Hachette Australia, 2010 - Indonesia - 382 pages
The heroics of a small team of Australian Special Forces commandos in Timor who tied down a far superior Japanese force for most of the critical year of 1942. By February 1942 the Japanese had invaded the Dutch East Indies as part of their push south. All that stood in the way of their moving significant resources to take part in the main fighting in Papua New Guinea was a force of 700 Australian commandos and a few hundred Dutch soldiers. After months of skirmishes and attacks on Japanese forces, the Australians faced a major offensive and despite the best efforts of the individual soldiers, Australian forces were withdrawn at the end of 1942. But by then an entire Japanese division had been prevented from taking part in the Papua New Guinea campaign. THE MEN WHO CAME OUT OF THE GROUND tells the story of the heroic fighting, courage and ingenuity in the face of supply and equipment problems, and the support and friendship of the locals. It's the story of Australia's Special Forces in action and achieving what they set out to do.

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About the author (2010)

Paul Cleary is an Australian journalist who writes for the Australian Financial Review and the Wall Street Journal. He has also worked for the World Bank as an adviser to the government in East Timor in 2003-05, is fluent in Tetum (the main language of the indigenous group of East Timor), and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.

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