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This book was a little dry with much of it being along the lines of "unit A moved here, unit B moved there and clashed with enemy forces. The allies casualties were X and the Japenese suffered Y casualties". Much of the detail is at the strategic level and the only time you hear about anyone below a company commander is if they won an award like the Victoria Cross or Medal of Honour. If you're looking for insights into the soldiers lives then this book is not for you.
If you are interested in the movements of armies, navies and air forces and insights in the decesions made by their commanders then you should give this book a go; it is packed full of information and seems very well researched. Maybe like me you will be suprised at how much fighting happened in the South Pacific besides the more well known Battle for the Coral Sea, Guadalcanal and Kokoda. I'd give this book 3.5 stars if I could.
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I chose this book based on professionally readings and it was subject I had little knowledge on before I read the book. I think most people can tell you about battles in North Africa, Italy, France, or even the Eastern Front. However, other than the amphibious battles of the Central Pacific and the naval campaigns, there is, relatively, little discussion of the ground campaigns of the South Pacific. It is a good overview of this theater operations and I felt it was a nice primary for other readings and when I start to watch the documentary "Pacific".
At the same time, I read "Once an Eagle". It is interesting the lead character commands a fictional division in the South Pacific.
Most stories written about the pacific war bypass the role played by Australians and New Zealanders.