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Bloody Buna [Mass Market Paperback]

Lida Mayo


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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Campaign That Halted the Japanese Invasion of Australia 27 Jan 2007
By Kiwi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As the previous reviewer said, this is history the way it should be written (and I'm constantly amazed and impressed that Amazon includes all these old books). This one's factual, concise and tells the story. And as the old diggers who fought WW2 pass away, it's histories like this that should be remembered and retold. These were important historical events and the battle to recapture Buna from the japanese was a turning point in the Pacific War, and one that almost nobody now remembers. For that alone, this book's worth reading. The author's not an outstanding writer but does a credible job. Don't expect a thriller that'll have you hanging off the edge of your seat. Do expect a detailed account of what happened.

Buna was a campaign that lasted for six months, from July 1942 to January 1943 and it was fought in the appalling conditions that were prevalent in New Guinea (and the Solomon Islands). The Australian militia forces and the US National Guard units who fought the battle for Buna under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur lost as many casualties to disease as they did to the fighting. The battle itself was a turning point in the war in the south-west Pacific and the author portrays it with all the stark reality that a true war history deserves. And the men that fought and died there on our behalf and on the behalf of future generations deserve the respect and remembrance of ours and future generations.

"They shall not grow old,

As we that are left grow old.

Age shall not weary them,

Nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun,

And in the morning,

We will remember them.

We will remember them."

Lest We Forget - the ANZAC Prayer
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You know...I can't believe Amazon listed this... 17 Nov 2004
By Bjorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
While trying to find any item I have that may actually be worth money, I typed in this book just for fun, never expecting it to come up. Lo and behold...

My edition dates to 1974 and so understandably, this is not a new book. Be that as it may, Buna is a frequently overlooked campaign that SHOULD NOT be overlooked. The men who fought in New Guinea expereinced some of the worst conditions nature could provide and fought on all the same.

This book in particular is a wonderful example of how history books used to be written. Liberal use of military documentation and personal accounts intersperse this novel but the reader never really gets to know the soldiers like they do the officers. The battle accounts as crisp, well written and a little aloof. Even so, readers will be amazed and impressed by the details included, such as a soldier, when asked by a visiting general what he wanted, flipping over to show the hole in his pants and saying only," PANTS General. GIve us PANTS!" Now that is just good history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good 22 Mar 2009
By Michael Chesser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
To a certain extent this book is superseded by The Ghost Mountain Boys, but not completely. In this short, concise work the author manages effective and thoughtful criticism of MacArthur, and also addresses the issues of the friction between the Australian and American forces, and the quality or lack thereof of American fighting. This battle was commenced around September of 1942, and ended in January of 1943, really it was fought at the same time as Guadacanal. The author also does a good job pointing out the competition for resources and attention between Buna and Guadacanal, especially from the Japanese point of view. And the fact that appropriate weapons were lacking to reduce the Japanese bunkers. Much praise is due the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Buna 6 May 2014
By Ron L. Vocht - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book,...only because my uncle was there...in the midst of the bloody combat fighting that took place in WWII Buna, New Guinea,...between the American forces and the well entrenched and supplied Japanese. The losses were teriffic to the American forces because of the well equipped Japanese, and the unforgiving jungle. The "Battle for Buna", became the American ground forces turning point for war in the Pacific. War historians and the general public will find this book interesting.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Coverage of a Forgotten Engagement 7 Jan 2013
By BlackBush - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
"Bloody Buna" covers the events leading up to and the battle for Buna-Gona-Sananda on New Guinea in the early days of the war in the Pacific. It took place in parallel with the Marine struggle for Guadalcanal, yet this U.S. Army engagement is virtually forgotten. But this is where the U.S. Army learned vital lessons for the jungle struggles that would push the Imperial Japanese army back across the Pacific. Read this along with "Ghost Mountain Boys" for a complete picture of the engagement.
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