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The Coast Watchers

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Tells the story of the operations of the Coast Watching Organization in the islands north and northeast of Australia during the crucial period when the Japanese were advancing southwards and threatening Australia and, therefore, the Allied control of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 1st 1979 by Bantam Books (first published 1946)
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Dec 30, 2011 itpdx rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My father loved history and was a World War II veteran. Many years ago, when I was getting ready for my first trip to Australia, I told him that the tunnel-vision history taught in the US had not included anything about what had happened in Australia during the war and I was surprised to find that Darwin had been bombed more than 50 times by the Japanese. He pulled this book off his shelf. I have finally gotten around to reading it. It is a fascinating account of a unique unit of the Australian ...more
When reading this book one has to keep in mind what the bok is. It is a recount of the actions and movements of a particular aspect of Australia's military forces during the Second World War. It is not a narrative, or an adventure story. It does not have characters in the traditional sense. It has many lists of names and descriptions of the movement of forces around the North-East riegion. There are some amazing stories of bravery and commitment, and it gives deep insight into many peoples exper ...more
Alexandra Cornwell
I took this book (not sure which edition but it was a hardcover) on my travels to the Solomon Islands back in 1996 when I was a volunteer undertaking a Rotary project in Honiara. Travelling through islands in the Western Province after being treated to a tour of some of the major battlesites around Honiara was certainly brought to life by reading this book.
Jul 16, 2012 Owen rated it really liked it
A very good account of the incredible job done in various Pacific islands by those who either stayed behind when war came to the region, or who "parachuted" in in one way or another and gave valuable information to the Allies concerning Japanese troop movements. It also details the significant contribution of the indigenous peoples whose lands these were.
Jan 16, 2010 Steve rated it it was ok
disappointed. Should have been much more gripping tales of what these men did and dared to do.
Aug 01, 2012 Clark rated it it was ok
Shelves: war-stories
Very interesting topic. Very dry read.
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