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Read Ï eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ë Paul Ham For the first time ever the compelling story of the infamous Kokoda Track campaign has been told from both sides of the conflict In a uniue and balanced portrayal renowned journalist Paul Ham recounts both the Australian and Japanese perspectives of the events on the hellish Papuan jungle trail where thousands fought and died during World War II Based on extensive research in Australia and Japan and including previously unpublished document. With Kokoda Paul Ham crafted a striking account of World War II as it played out in the forbidding hills and jungles of Papua New Guinea Ham relied heavily on firsthand accounts – field reports journals diaries letters – as well as interviews with survivors both Australian and Japanese Even if he occasionally lapsed into bald Aussie flag waving his effort nevertheless must rank among the best on the campaign that defined Australia's role in the Pacific War I finished the book with nothing but respect for the average Digger They did their country proud under some of the worst conditions in a war unlike anyone expected Ham's Kokoda is strong Four Star materialThis review addresses the audiobook version of Paul Ham's Kokoda

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Kokoda AUTHOR Paul Ham Download à 8 ´ For the first time ever the compelling story of the infamous Kokoda Track campaign has been told from both sides of the conflict In a uniue and balanced portrayal renowned journalist Paul Ham recounts both the Australian and Japanese perspectives of the events on the hellish Papuan jungle trail where thousan S Kokoda intimately relates the stories of ordinary soldiers in ′the world′s worst killing field′ and examines the role of commanders in sending ill euipped unualified Australian troops into battles that resulted in near 100 per cent casualty rates It was a war without mercy fought back and forth along 90 miles 145 km of river crossings steep inclines and precipitous descents with both sides wracked by hunger and disease and terrified. SUMMARY of ReviewHam’s Kokoda is an excellent account of the Kokoda Track and battles in Papua The reader will gain an excellent understanding of the torturous conditions of this battle as well as the disorganized and egotistical leadership involved in the Pacific theater during the outset of the war Ham uses an exceptionally large list of superior sources including journals and government documents to ground his facts while also interjecting moments of poignancy with personal letters and diary entries of the soldiers who risked and sometimes lost life and limb for their respective countries US readers should be prepared Ham does not sugarcoat the facts which I at times found hard to swallow My only two complaints are with Ham’s poorly laid out statistics and his ineffective maps That said those complaints should not deter you from reading this fascinating elouent account of a battle that is far too often overlooked FULL REVIEW“Today you will be in action and tomorrow night you may be dead” Blamey to the troops heading to the frontExtremes mark the battles on the Kokoda Track in which Australian US and Japanese soldiers found themselves closely interspersed between dense foliage torrential rain and cesspool swamps The altitude thick vegetation horrendous weather prevalence of tropical diseases isolation and lack of supplies make the guerilla and siege warfare in Papua in 1941 a battle that rivals Guadalcanal and Midway; the shear gore is reminiscent of the Siege of Stalingrad or perhaps even the most famous war of attrition – Verdun of World War I Paul Ham an author I have grown to admire has compiled a detailed account of one of the Pacific front’s most despicable battles Pulling from a myriad of sources from three counties including the diaries of Japanese and Australian soldiers Ham takes the reader on a journey that begins with the Japanese storming the island at Port Moresby The brutality of the Japanese coupled with the ill prepared Australian and US allies make for a devastating confrontation between the two forces But for the tactile retreat over the traitorous mountain pass the Australians would have been obliterated and this part of the island would likely have been lost to the JapaneseAs the pendulum of war swings suddenly it is the Japanese on the defensive being pushed back over the pass Eventually US troops arrive on the island to aid the Australians unfortunately their initial performance proves to be less than admirable With time however the Australians – and the US troops – repel the Japanese off the island My extremely brief summary does an incredible disservice to the astonishing detail Ham distills into a cogent compelling and candid history book Ham author of Sandakan is not shy with words speaking frankly about the conditions of the battle the foibles of the leadership and the ruthlessness both sides assumed to combat the other Ham strikes a balance in providing the reader with enough details to make his point but not so many details that it becomes hard to see the rainforest through the banyan treesHighlighting his aptitude for handling sensitive subjects Ham masterfully addresses cannibalism a taboo topic Ham also discusses cannibalism in Sandakan Whether talking about the Papua headhunters or Japanese soldiers butchering Australian and Japanese corpses Ham exuisitely covers anthropophagy on this tiny island as it relates to WWII covering the reaction to Australian troops confronted with seeing their compatriots’ flesh stored in bully tins for later consumption to many Japanese soldier

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Kokoda AUTHOR Paul HOf falling into enemy hands Defeat was unthinkable the Australian soldier was fighting for his homeland against an unyielding aggressor; the Japanese ordered to fight to the death in a bid to conuer ′Greater East Asia′ Paul Ham captures the spirits of those soldiers and commanders who clashed in this war of exceptional savagery and tells of the brave souls on both sides of the campaign whose courage and sacrifices must never be forgott. This is just a fantastically well balanced and educational telling of the events at Kokoda during WW2 The array of stories and the different dimensions it covers are truly comprehensive A great read Albeit a long one