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on 3 June 2017
Enthralling detail - brings the whole campaign to life
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on 24 October 2017
Good in parts
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on 25 July 2015
I found it to be a gripping read. As far as I am concerned, Jeffrey R Cox has written a masterpiece. The only really obvious thing that I think he got wrong is East Timor. Jeffrey Cox has it as being run by the Portuguese at the time of the Japanese invasion when actually the Dutch and the Australians had occupied it as a precautionary measure, if I can call it that. The Portuguese were sending reinforcements by sea when the Dutch and the Australians overran East Timor and the ship carrying the reinforcements simply turned back to Portugal.

I regard the taking over of East Timor by the Dutch and the Australians as a mistake. An understandable mistake, but a mistake nevertheless, and an important one at that. Firstly, the allies needed all the military assistance they could get at that time. However little the Portuguese military presence was in the Far East, it was something, and with Portugal out of the war in Europe it could send reinforcements to the Far East in a way that the Dutch in Europe simply couldn't at all in any shape or form due to German occupation of their homeland.

Secondly, it stretches the military capabilities of the Dutch and the Australians just that little bit more than would have been the case had they not occupied East Timor. I know East Timor does not look much on a map of the world, but, as the Indonesians have found out to their cost, it can soak up a significant amount of military resources. Furthermore, there is no indication that when push came to shove the Dutch and the Australians defended East Timor better than the Portuguese would have done had they still been in charge there when the Japanese attacked.
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on 1 June 2016
What a smashing book.i felt as tho i was there.usualy this part of the pacific war is skimmed over in books on the subject.lots of detail on the battles.i could not wait to see what happened next.poor admiral hart.10/10
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on 15 February 2015
This is a very enjoyable history of a little known time in the Pacific War characterised by wishful thinking and desperate bravery. I enjoyed the author’s wry comments on what was going on, as well as the breadth of his detail and his eye for a telling anecdote. It is only a little spoilt by Osprey’s proof reading: HM ships are NEVER the HMS, and I suspect neither are Dutch ships the Hr.Ms. Please try to get this right for the next edition of this otherwise excellent book. One of your reviewers asked when the US realised its shells and torpedoes were duds - yes, it would have been good to know that.
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on 29 October 2016
good account of a neglected part of history
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