Title: A Bastard of a Place – The Australians in Papua
Author: Brune, Peter
Condition: Very Good
Edition: 2nd Edition
Publication Date: 2004
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 704 pages
Comments: In the spirit of Les Carlyon’s bestselling Gallipoli, this book restores Milne Bay, Gona, Buna and Sanananda to their rightful place beside Kokoda as sacred ground, and a vital part of Australian history.
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.
About 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.