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by Brune, Peter.

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TitleA bastard of a place : the Australians in Papua, Kokoda, Milne Bay, Gona, Buna, Sanananda
Author / Responsible partyBrune, Peter.
TopicsHistory. War stories. World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Australian. Australia Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945 -- Papua New Guinea. World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Papua New Guinea.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVision Australia Information Library Service


In 1942 and early 1943 Papua New Guinea was 'a bastard of a place' to fight a war. This book gives us the final, all-encompassing story of the five battles that changed Australia forever. The compelling narrative resonates with the voices of both the well-trained AIF volunteer, and the young Militia conscript who triumphed together. The author interviewed hundreds of these soldiers and himself travelled the treacherous terrain and bloody battlegrounds where so many of their mates perished, and reveals the inside story of how Generals MacArthur and Blamey sacrificed many of the senior Australian field commanders as scapegoats to protect their own positions. A Bastard of a Place restores Milne Bay, Gona, Buna and Sanananda to their rightful place beside Kokoda to what they should collectively be for all Australians - sacred ground.

Additional Information

System control numberVA14009
Original Print PublisherCrows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen &​ Unwin, 2003.
NarratorPeter Hosking.
Narrator NamePeter Hosking.
Participant or performer notePeter Hosking.
Narrators GenderMale narrator