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Touched with Fire: The Land War in the South Pacific

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A brilliant history of the land battles in the Pacific theater of World War II, with stirring personal accounts of the horrifying struggle between the Japanese and Allied forces.
The horrors of WWII in the South Pacific extended far beyond the detonation of atomic bombs. In this revelatory portrayal of the lives of the regular infantrymen who struggled to contain the Japa
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Paperback, 608 pages
Published July 1st 1997 by Penguin Books (first published 1996)
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Mark Merry
Sep 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding account of the Australian / US war effort in the South Pacific. A surprisingly astute reading of the Australian military by a foreign author. The analysis resonates with the accounts I heard from family members who served in the AIF / RAAF during WWII
Jonathan
Not a chronology but rather a portrait of how the Americans and Australians (don't forget the Aussies!) fought in the war's worst theater.
Bill V
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The is a great book. It can be a bit dry at times and it is long but the material it covers is quite unique. It doesn't just cover the ground campaigns fought on New Guinea, New Britain, Guadalcanal and the rest of the Solomon Islands. It has entire sections covering morale, disease, training, medical facilities, terrain, weapons, tactics and logistics.
Amongst these categories it often differentiates between differences between the participants; the American Army, the Marines, Australian militia
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Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Overall Assessment: Keeper

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Almost 70 years after the end of WWII, today's focus on the Pacific side of WWII is on the decision to drop the atom bomb. Lost amidst the discussions of war weariness, the desire to play with a new toy, racism, strategic concerns regarding Russia, etc. is an understanding of the experience of 3 years of ground combat in the Pacific.

As author Eric Bergerund vividly describes in his book Touched with Fire The Land War in the South Pacific, that experience was
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Dan
Aug 13, 2008 rated it liked it
a highly readable book that I put down. why?
was I weary of war?
was I weary of the writers style?
I am determined to renew the attack--but it will have to wait... when I weary of the Civil War (American)
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