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The Battle for WAU New Guinea’s Frontline 1942-1943

By: Phillip Bradley (588/35820)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press ISBN: 139780521896818

The Battle for Wau presents for the first time the full story of the early World War II conflicts in New Guinea, from the landing of the Japanese at Salamaua in March 1942 to their defeat at Wau in February 1943.

The story unfolds with the early commando operations in Salmaua, leading to the burning of Wau, the clashes around Mubo, the Japanese convoy to Lae and the United States air operation to Wau. The book climaxes with the fortitude of Captain Sherlock’s outnumbered company. Desperately fighting an enemy regiment debouching from the rugged unguarded ranges to the east, Sherlock’s men fought to hold Wau airfield open for the arrival of vital reinforcements.

May 2008


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