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Bastard of a Place
By Peter Brune

A Bastard of a Place

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Bastard of a Place by Peter Brune

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'...Brune's book is a timely reminder that despite the warmest alliances, nations sometimes have to stand up and save themselves.' - The Weekend Australian Financial Review..'...A Bastard of a Place undeniably ranks as the best book ever written about the Aussie battles in Papua ...Very highly recommended, and certainly one of the best books of the year.' - Bill Stone, Stone + Stone Second World War Books website..In 1942 and early 1943 Papua New Guinea was 'a bastard of a place' to fight a war. Peter Brune gives us the final, all-encompassing story of the five battles that changed Australia forever...Peter's compelling narrative resonates with the voices of both the well-trained AIF volunteer, and the young Militia conscript who triumphed together. He interviewed hundreds of these soldiers and himself travelled the treacherous terrain and bloody battlegrounds where so many of their mates perished. Peter 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741144031
ISBN-10: 1741144035
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 152mm x 45mm)
Pages: 704
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Bastard of a Place by Peter Brune - Reviewed by (13 Jan 2010)

This is by no means Peter Brune’s first book about Papua in World War II. So A Bastard of a Place proceeds with welcome confidence and competence. Brune (like Les Carlyon with his magnificent Gallipoli) in his own stout boots has covered kilometres of the weary terrain. Both authors know that there is no other way of getting the scene exactly right.

This is a big book with various ambitious themes that at times elbow each other aside, seeking attention. Brune tries to make the three Papuan mini-theatres coherent and bring them into context so we can appreciate the relation to each other of Kokoda, Milne Bay and Gona-Buna-Sanananda. He thinks (and I agree) that Kokoda occupies a disproportionate share of Australia’s public imagination and celebrity. Kokoda was but one phase of the Papuan campaign and the others – just as bloody and just as heroic – are less understood and renowned. For example, the Australian victory at Milne Bay should...

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Author Biography - Peter Brune

Peter Brune is a leading authority and writer on the Australian campaigns in New Guinea in World War II. Peter has also written the bestselling Those Ragged Bloody Heroes, The Spell Broken and We Band of Brothers and has co-authored with Neil McDonald 200 Shots: Damien Parer and George Silk and the Australians at War in New Guinea.

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