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Target: Rabaul: The Allied Siege of Japan's Most Infamous Stronghold, March 1943 - August 1945 (Rabaul Trilogy)

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As the final book in Bruce Gamble’s esteemed trilogy on the War in the Pacific, 'Target: Rabaul' picks up where Fortress Rabaul, the second installment, leaves off — and sets the stage for the major Allied aerial engagements of 1943–1954, which would result in the defeat of Japan.

March 1943, Washington, D.C.: Major General George Kenney, commander of the 5th Air Force, beg
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 15th 2013 by Zenith Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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May 25, 2016 Marc rated it it was amazing
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Picking up where he left off in Volume Two of his Rabaul Trilogy, Bruce Gamble completes the tale of World War II's longest battle. Rabaul was the prime focus of Allied attention in the South Pacific and as such it was subjected to a constant stream of attacks from the U.S. Army Air Force, Navy, and Marines, as well as Commonwealth forces from Australia and New Zealand.

The American efforts make up the majority of the book, with the attacks by the 5th Air Force being the primary focus. Once the 5
Jun 16, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Well, I have finally finished the three Rabaul books. Gamble did an excellent job researching and organizing his writing. I was astounded at the number of flyers who died just trying to keep Rabaul neutralized. The number of planes, also, that were crashed in WWII is hard for me to comprehend. This was a dark time in American history, and this phase of the war has never been so clear to me as it is now. I am still astonished by the lack of humanity on the part of the Japanese. Although they had ...more
I would give the series a solid 4 stars. A must read for all the students and history buffs of the Pacific war. Rabaul for the most part has been bypassed by WW2 authors just like the Allies did in the 40's. Aside from some generalizations in history books, no author has concentrated on just this area of the Pacific to my knowledge. a little repetition over the three books but kudos to Mr. Gamble for giving us this fine work. I will be reading more of him in the future...
Mar 31, 2014 Erik rated it it was amazing
The wonderful conclusion to the Rabaul trilogy, which profiles the longest continuous battle during World War II. Taking up the story from Fortress Rabaul (the second book), Gamble writes about the opening days of Operation Cartwheel, where major players, such as General MacArthur, made their presence felt. By the end, the U.S. took over Rabaul, but not before the Japanese held of for two long years. One of the great WWII trilogies of all time.
Steve Scott
An outstanding wrap up to an excellent trilogy. Gamble's three books, "Invasion Rabaul", "Fortress Rabaul" and this volume cover the longest battle of the Pacific war.

I've been reading accounts of World War II for years, and have to say this book series taught me more than any three books I've read previously.
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Sep 13, 2014 Robert Morganbesser rated it it was amazing
a brilliant ending to Gambles trilogy as the allies really come down on the fortress. The Japanese invested a lot to build this bastion up, the allies invested a lot to neutralize it. Brilliant, eye opening book.
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An outstanding conclusion to the Rabaul trilogy. Concluding with the deterioration of the POWs was a masterful piece of storytelling.
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This was a campaign that I'd wanted to read up on for a long time. This book was very readable, heavy on pilots' and aircrew descriptions of the action.
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A native of central Pennsylvania, Bruce Gamble is an award-winning author and historian specializing in highly readable narratives about World War II in the Pacific.

During his career as a Naval Flight Officer in the closing years of the Cold War, Bruce logged nearly 1,000 hours as a navigator in EA-3B Skywarriors, including deployments aboard aircraft carriers in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Lat
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Other Books in the Series

Rabaul Trilogy (3 books)
  • Invasion Rabaul: The True Story of Lark Force at Rabaul - Australia's Worst Military Disaster of World War II (Rabaul Trilogy, #1)
  • Fortress Rabaul: The Battle for the Southwest Pacific, January 1942-April 1943 (Rabaul Trilogy, #2)

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