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Fortress Rabaul: The Battle for the Southwest Pacific, January 1942–April 1943

Scritto da: Bruce Gamble E-book

“This tour de force . . . is an absolute must for anyone interested in the true story of one of World War II’s most interesting—and most overlooked—battles.” —Col. Walter Boyne, USAF (Ret.), author of Clash of Wings

For most of World War II, the mention of Japan’s island stronghold sent shudders through thousands of Allied airmen. Some called it “Fortress Rabaul,” an apt name for the headquarters of the Imperial Japanese forces in the Southwest Pacific. Author Bruce Gamble chronicles Rabaul’s crucial role in Japanese operations in the Southwest Pacific. Millions of square feet of housing and storage facilities supported a hundred thousand soldiers and naval personnel. Simpson Harbor and the airfields were the focus of hundreds of missions by American air forces.

Winner of the “Gold Medal” (Military Writers Society of America) and “Editor’s Choice Award” (Stone and Stone Second World War Books), Fortress Rabaul details a critical and, until now, little understood chapter in the history of World War II.

“Not for the first time, Bruce Gamble has done amazing work gathering a dazzling array of tiny, little facts, then arranging them in a big, dazzling story that amazes one’s inner historian even as it breaks one’s heart on its way to a triumphal conclusion.” —Eric Hammel, author of Two Flags over Iwo Jima

“Drawing on a variety of sources from both sides, the author has written a detailed reference book that reads like a novel.” —Air Classics

“Fortress Rabaul opens a broader vista on this under-studied campaign with its wide research, thoughtful analysis, and gifted story-teller’s panache.” —WWII History Magazine

© 2010 Zenith Press (E-book) ISBN: 9781610600712

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