An excellent history of the war in the South Pacific during 1942 to 1944,
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This review is from: Touched with Fire (Paperback)
This is a detailed examination of the island war in the South Pacific and focusses on on the period 1942 to 1944. Bergerud does well to focus on this critical area alone, and gives full credit and time to the outstanding contribution of the Australian forces in truly appalling conditions. His inclusion of a number of personal anecdotes and quotes brings the subject to life in all of its' dreadful detail and reveals the privations and struggles of both Allied and Japanese troops in fighting a jungle war. A great introduction to a lesser known theatre of WW2 (for many people) and has encouraged me to research it further. Obviously there is a major focus on American actions, but this is understandable given their commitment of men and material to this area of conflict.
The level of detail may sometimes be a little off-putting, but does explain the aims and intentions of both sides and tries to set things in context. The non-linear style does mean that you have to pay attention, or it is easy to lose the thread of what was happening from area to area.
This may be an older publication, but is still a valid review of this area of conflict. It is also worthwhile reading his other book about this period Fire in the Sky: The Air War in the South Pacific. This focusses on the air war over the same area and again benefits from many personal recollections.