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Assesses not only the campaigns in Papua and their context in the wider lengthy Pacific war but also the actions of senior Australian American and Japanese military leaders Moving beyond the legend this book addresses the central uestion of why Kokoda holds such a significant place in Australian military history In this book Karl James brings together eminent military scholars to reassess.


Kokoda: Beyond the Legend

Courage Endurance Mateship Sacrifice These values engraved in stone at the Isurava war memorial have become synonymous with the Australian experience during the Kokoda campaign of The story of Kokoda and of the fighting in Papua has been told and retold in books films and documentaries but these popular narratives rarely explore beyond this one campaign Kokoda Beyond the Legend critically.

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The principal battles from both Allied and Japanese perspectives providing readers with acomplete understanding of one of the major turning points in the Second World WarKarl James is a Senior Historian in the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial Canberra and a Departmental Visitor with the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University Canber.