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Book Review: Turning Point: The Battle for Milne Bay 1942 - Japan's first land defeat in World War II by Michael Veitch - Reviewed by PB (26 Aug 2019)
Despite never having sustained a high or lasting profile in the annals of military history, while the war was still waging it wasn't long before the Battle of Milne Bay was heard of far & wide. Even though MacArthur was reluctant to give credit to the Australians for prevailing in this hellish campaign, nevertheless the Field Marshall in charge of the of the British Army in Burma said that it was the Australians who had given heart to the allied troops throughout the region, when they turned the Japanese back on land for the very first time in WWII, and who had thus 'broken the spell of Japanese invincibility' and helped to eventually win the war much further afield. General Sir Sydney Rowell who had been in charge of the Kokoda campaign also gave credit much more freely than MacArthur, and especially to the RAAF Kittyhawks for playing a role which he called 'the decisive factor' in the form of the vital air-to-ground support they added to the Australian Army's ferocious defence, where the intensity of both their input was almost unprecedented in military history (let alone Australian military history). Ultimately, the Battle of Milne Bay was the campaign which finally turned the tide for Australia and for the allies in WWII, initially in Papua, but also - sooner rather than later - well beyond New Guinea, throughout South East Asia & the South Pacific, more generally. Alas, however, it was soon more or less forgotten! Michael Veitch does a wonderful job of raising its profile in this gripping account.
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