Kokoda - Peter FitzSimonsSydney: Hachette Australia, 2008, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; Photographic end papers & blanks;
From the cover: “The Kokoda Track is the symbol of World War II for Australians, and in this new illustrated edition of his bestselling classic account, Peter FitzSimons takes readers up the tortuous track and into battle with the young men who fought there so courageously.
Kokoda follows in the footsteps of the heroes and villains of the campaign — from the inexperienced but brave men of the 39th Battalion at the frontlines to the imperious generals like MacArthur and Blarney. Together with the soldiers, the reader climbs the never-ending steep mountain ranges, digs in to defend the muddy positions in the native villages, charges forth into frenzied battle and follows the wounded’s long, desperate trek back to safety. As well as bringing the ragged, bloody heroes of the Australian army alive, Kokoda gives the perspective of the crack Japanese troops and the extraordinary local people.
Peter FitzSimons’ masterful and gripping account of this iconic campaign is now brought to life with photos by the legendary Australian war photographer and Oscar Award-winning Damien Parer. We can now all understand just what a small band of Australian troops achieved high in the New Guinea jungle — and marvel at it.”