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Kokoda by Paul Ham Free read ↠ 0 Of falling into enemy hands Defeat was unthinkable the Australian soldier was fighting for his homeland against an unyielding aggressor; the Japanese ordered to fight to the death in a bid to conuer 'Greater East Asia' Paul Ham captures the spirits of those soldiers and commanders who clashed in this war of exceptional savagery and tells of the brave souls on both sides of the campaign whose courage and sacrifices must never be forgotten. I listened to the audio version of this book Though I have not read other books on Kokoda I believe I would be fairly close to accurate to say this would be one of the most detailed books available

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Kokoda by Paul Ham Free read ↠ 0 Nts Kokoda intimately relates the stories of ordinary soldiers in 'the world's worst killing field' and examines the role of commanders in sending ill euipped unualified Australian troops into battles that resulted in near 100 per cent casualty rates It was a war without mercy fought back and forth along 90 miles 145 km of river crossings steep inclines and precipitous descents with both sides wracked by hunger and disease and terrified. SUMMARY of ReviewHam s Kokoda is an excellent account of the Kokoda Track and battles in Papua The reader will gain an excellent understanding of the torturous conditions of this battle as well as the disorganized and egotistical leadership involved in the Pacific theater during the outset of the war Ham uses an exceptionally large list of superior sources including journals and government documents to ground his facts while also interjecting moments of poignancy with personal letters and diary entries of the soldiers who risked and sometimes lost life and limb for their respective countries US readers should be prepared Ham does not sugarcoat the facts which I at times found hard to swallow My only two complaints are with Ham s poorly laid out statistics and his ineffective maps That said those complaints should not deter you from reading this fascinating elouent account of a battle that is far too often overlooked FULL REVIEW Today you will be in action and tomorrow night you may be dead Blamey to the troops heading to the frontExtremes mark the battles on the Kokoda Track in which Australian US and Japanese soldiers found themselves closely interspersed between dense foliage torrential rain and cesspool swamps The altitude thick vegetation horrendous weather prevalence of tropical diseases isolation and lack of supplies make the guerilla and siege warfare in Papua in 1941 a battle that rivals Guadalcanal and Midway the shear gore is reminiscent of the Siege of Stalingrad or perhaps even the most famous war of attrition Verdun of World War I Paul Ham an author I have grown to admire has compiled a detailed account of one of the Pacific front s most despicable battles Pulling from a myriad of sources from three counties including the diaries of Japanese and Australian soldiers Ham takes the reader on a journey that begins with the Japanese storming the island at Port Moresby The brutality of the Japanese coupled with the ill prepared Australian and US allies make for a devastating confrontation between the two forces But for the tactile retreat over the traitorous mountain pass the Australians would have been obliterated and this part of the island would likely have been lost to the JapaneseAs the pendulum of war swings suddenly it is the Japanese on the defensive being pushed back over the pass Eventually US troops arrive on the island to aid the Australians unfortunately their initial performance proves to be less than admirable With time however the Australians and the US troops repel the Japanese off the island My extremely brief summary does an incredible disservice to the astonishing detail Ham distills into a cogent compelling and candid history book Ham author of Sandakan is not shy with words speaking frankly about the conditions of the battle the foibles of the leadership and the ruthlessness both sides assumed to combat the other Ham strikes a balance in providing the reader with enough details to make his point but not so many details that it becomes hard to see the rainforest through the banyan treesHighlighting his aptitude for handling sensitive subjects Ham masterfully addresses cannibalism a taboo topic Ham also discusses cannibalism in Sandakan Whether talking about the Papua headhunters or Japanese soldiers butchering Australian and Japanese corpses Ham exuisitely covers anthropophagy on this tiny island as it relates to WWII covering the reaction to Australian troops confronted with seeing their compatriots flesh stored in bully tins for later consumption to many Japanese soldiers very personal struggle with eating flesh to avoid starving to death Having read several of Ham s books I found this books to read as though Ham was personally invested in this story He is less politically guarded in this account noting the weaknesses in the American forces the mistakes of Blamey and his opinions of the Japanese Though never crossing an inappropriate line I did find his treatment of the US troops to be a bit alienating I have no doubt that Ham s research has led him to draw conclusions conclusions based on facts backed up by citations however I found some of his discussions on the US troops to seems demeaning almost with an air of they were nothing but trouble Ham does praise several superior US troops and brass which actually underscores his criticisms of the Americans as balanced though still hard for this American to swallow As many other authors have pointed out at the beginning of the Pacific front the American s were making mistakes than they were progress Consider American author Ronald H Spector s Eagle Against the Sun The American War with Japan which clearly establishes the allies poor leadership lousy chain of command political compromises and the allies negligence in assessing the strength and weakness of the Japanese in the early theaters of the Pacific war Ham s treatment of the US troops involvement ultimately has not swayed my opinions of Kokoda negatively however my two points of contention are with his treatment of statistics and casualty rates at the end of the book and Ham s poorly designed maps In the final chapter titled The End Page 518 Ham lists casualty rates however he bounces between those of the Australians US and Japanese and doesn t even compare apples to apples For example The Allies US and AUS I assume suffered 7500 killed and wounded at Gona Buna and Sanananda The Australians 7th Division lost 5905 men in the month between 25 November and 23 December followed by an explanation of how those troops were replaced The immediate next paragraph Of the 14500 American soldiers who served at Buna and Sanananda 930 were killed and 1918 wounded a casualty rate of 20 percent double that of Guadacanal My issue here Guadacanal is an entire front similar to Kokoda while Buna and Sanananda are skirmishes within a front As you go further the statistics become jumbled Total Allied US and AUS I assume deaths in Papua numbered 3095 and 5418 were wounded 8513 battled causalities An additional 8700 US Why was AUS listed later troops succumbed to disease in Papua A total of 625 Australians were killed in the Kokoda Track battles My point is the organization of the causalities and disease stats was jumbled reuiring me to actually get a piece of paper and create a chart to make sense of the numbers Personally I would have preferred a graph or chart to accompany the paragraphs dealing with the very important bits of informationHam is sparing with his use of maps which is understandable given the guerilla type warfare that much of Kokoda resembled however when Ham does provide maps they are challenging to interpret I found Ham s use of small faint arrows to be hard to follow rather than a solid line His amorphous positions plotted on the maps were slightly better then the arrows but it was hard to determine the army s general movement Another helpful thing would have been if Ham had provided a small icon map showing the entire island with each zoomed in map highlighting on that small icon map where the close up is located within the island and South Pacific Without this reference I had to flip back to the maps in the beginning of the book to constantly remind myself where on the island the maps correlate Also irritating is the page split on the map on page xiv which is literally split exactly in the section where the entire track is laid out The fact that the map wasn t adjusted to avoid this from happening is really unfortunate making it necessary for me to consult other maps and sources outside of Kokoda to get a better sense of the track Really my issue with Ham s maps and statistics was not overall distracting and certainly didn t hinder the narrative This highly readable account of an underwritten battle is well worth a read Even if you are not familiar with military history or with the Pacific front of WWII this book is easy to pick up straight forward to follow and is filled with emotionally impactful stories that make the war relevant to every human Though I didn t enjoy this book as much as Ham s Sandakan and 1914 I highly recommend people interested in the Pacific war Australian military history or the South Pacific history get this book from the libraryTags WWII Pacific War Papua Port Moresby Kokoda Australian Army US Army Japanese Army Military History Guerilla Warfare General MacArthur General Blamey Cannibalism Tropical Warfare Mountain Warfare Disease and War Non Fiction 1940 s

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Kokoda by Paul Ham Free read ↠ 0 For the first time ever the compelling story of the infamous Kokoda Track campaign has been told from both sides of the conflictIn a uniue and balanced portrayal renowned journalist Paul Ham recounts both the Australian and Japanese perspectives of the events on the hellish Papuan jungle trail where thousands fought and died during World War II Based on extensive research in Australia and Japan and including previously unpublished docume. With Kokoda Paul Ham crafted a striking account of World War II as it played out in the forbidding hills and jungles of Papua New Guinea Ham relied heavily on firsthand accounts field reports journals diaries letters as well as interviews with survivors both Australian and Japanese Even if he occasionally lapsed into bald Aussie flag waving his effort nevertheless must rank among the best on the campaign that defined Australia s role in the Pacific War I finished the book with nothing but respect for the average Digger They did their country proud under some of the worst conditions in a war unlike anyone expected Ham s Kokoda is strong Four Star materialThis review addresses the audiobook version of Paul Ham s Kokoda


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    (E–pub READ) Kokoda by Paul Ham This is the by far the best book to read if you want to learn and understand what Australian and Japanese soldiers endured during one of the worst campaigns in the Pacific during World War Two The main story covers the infamous Kokoda Track campaign and is told from both sides of the conflict offering a balanced

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    (E–pub READ) Kokoda by Paul Ham Free read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Paul Ham With Kokoda Paul Ham crafted a striking account of World War II as it played out in the forbidding hills and jungles of Papua New Guinea Ham relied heavily on firsthand accounts – field reports journals diaries letters – as well as intervi

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    (E–pub READ) Kokoda by Paul Ham I uite enjoy learning about history from a different ie non American perspective and learning about the war in the Pacific has personal meaning for me because my great uncle was a POW in JapanBut it was especial

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    Free read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Paul Ham (E–pub READ) Kokoda by Paul Ham Paul Ham î 0 Download SUMMARY of ReviewHam’s Kokoda is an excellent account of the Kokoda Track and battles in Papua The reader will gain an excellent understanding of the torturous conditions of this battle as well as the disorganized and egotistical leadership involved in the Pacific theater during the outset of the war Ham uses an excep

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    (E–pub READ) Kokoda by Paul Ham Very interesting and readable I spent a lot of time in the USA and visited Pacific War Museums in New Orleans and in Texas in Admiral Nimitz's hometown From memory this campaign didn't get much mention in either place I su

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    (E–pub READ) Kokoda by Paul Ham Free read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Paul Ham Interesting read perhaps a bit of a misnamed book as it is a history of Australia preparation or lack of preparation for the war in the Pacific and the whole Papua New Guinea campaign It is a well researched book and a goodread The only minor issue I feel the author some times gets on his soapbox and lectures to the reader on what is good ba

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    (E–pub READ) Kokoda by Paul Ham I listened to the audio version of this book Though I have not read other books on Kokoda I believe I would be fairly close to accurate to say this would be one of the most detailed books available

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    (E–pub READ) Kokoda by Paul Ham Free read ´ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook î Paul Ham This is just a fantastically well balanced and educational telling of the events at Kokoda during WW2 The array of stories and the different dimensions it covers are truly comprehensive A great read Albeit a long one

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