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By James P. Duffy

A harrowing account of an epic, but approximately forgotten, conflict of worldwide warfare II—General Douglas MacArthur's four-year attack at the Pacific War's so much adversarial battleground: the mountainous, jungle-cloaked island of recent Guinea.

One American soldier referred to as it “a eco-friendly hell on earth.” Monsoon-soaked barren region, debilitating warmth, impassable mountains, torrential rivers, and disease-infested swamps—New Guinea used to be a battleground way more lethal than the main fanatical of enemy troops. eastern forces numbering a few 600,000 males begun touchdown in January 1942, decided to grab the island as a cornerstone of the Empire’s technique to knock Australia out of the warfare. Allied Commander-in-Chief basic Douglas MacArthur devoted 340,000 americans, in addition to tens of hundreds of thousands of Australian, Dutch, and New Guinea troops, to retake New Guinea in any respect costs.

What used to be a four-year crusade that concerned the most terrible battle in historical past. initially emboldened by means of effortless victories during the Pacific, the japanese quickly encountered in New Guinea a roadblock equivalent to the Germans’ disastrous try to take Moscow, a catastrophic setback to their warfare laptop. For the american citizens, victory in New Guinea used to be the 1st crucial step within the lengthy march in the direction of the japanese domestic islands and the last word destruction of Hirohito’s empire. profitable the conflict in New Guinea used to be of serious value to MacArthur. His avowed “I shall go back” to the Philippines may perhaps purely be entire after taking the island.

In this gripping narrative, historian James P. Duffy chronicles the main ruthless wrestle of the Pacific struggle, a struggle advanced by way of rampant tropical affliction, violent rainstorms, and unforgiving terrain that punished either Axis and Allied forces alike. Drawing on basic resources, War on the finish of the World fills in a very important hole within the historical past of global struggle II whereas supplying readers a story of the 1st rank.

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