War at the End of the World

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A harrowing account of an epic, but almost forgotten, war of World War II General Douglas MacArthurs 4-yr assault on the Pacific Wars most hostile battleground: the mountainous, jungle-cloaked island of New Guinea.

One American soldier referred to as it “a inexperienced hell on this planet.” Monsoon-soaked desert, debilitating heat, impassable mountains, torrential rivers, and sickness-infested swamps New Guinea was a battleground a long way greater lethal than the most fanatical of enemy troops. Japanese forces numbering some 600,000 guys began landing in January 1942, decided to seize the island as a cornerstone of the Empire’s strategy to knock Australia out of the battle. Allied Commander-in-Chief General Douglas MacArthur devoted 340,000 Americans, in addition to tens of lots of Australian, Dutch, and New Guinea troops, to retake New Guinea in any respect costs.

What followed was a four-12 months campaign that worried some of the maximum awful struggle in records. At first emboldened by way of easy victories throughout the Pacific, the Japanese soon encountered in New Guinea a roadblock similar to the Germans’ disastrous attempt to take Moscow, a catastrophic setback to their battle device. For the Americans, victory in New Guinea changed into the first crucial step in the long march closer to the Japanese domestic islands and the ultimate destruction of Hirohito’s empire. Winning the battle in New Guinea become of important importance to MacArthur. His avowed “I shall return” to the Philippines should most effective be executed after taking the island.

In this gripping narrative, historian James P. Duffy chronicles the maximum ruthless fight of the Pacific War, a fight complicated by means of rampant tropical disease, violent rainstorms, and unforgiving terrain that punished each Axis and Allied forces alike. Drawing on primary sources, War at the End of the World fills in a vital gap within the records of World War II whilst offering readers a narrative of the primary rank.

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