Title: Villagers at War: Some Papua New Guinea Experiences in World War II

Author: Robinson, Neville K

Condition: Very Good Plus – Cover has been laminated.

Edition: 2nd Edition (Revised)

Publication Date: 1981

ISBN: 0909150354

Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 228 pages

Comments: Papua New Guinea was a theatre of warfare between the armed forces of the Allies and Japan from 4 January 1942 to 6 September 1945 .

Three places – the Toaripi area , Hanuabada and Butibam – were studied in order to assess the impact o f the war on the lives of Papuans and New Guineans. The outline for this book is based on documentary sources , especially ANGAU patrol reports and the War Diary; it is fleshed out by oral evidence obtained during interviews with groups and individuals who took part in the war . The work of the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU) which governed the Allied-occupied parts of Papua New Guinea during the war, its relations with the civilian population and its effect on their lives are also studied . The war enabled many Papuans and New Guineans to gain self-confidence, to see virtue in co-opera ion within ethnic groups and to set ‘developmental’ goals which could be attained by group effort .