Friday, January 18, 2008

New at CARL: The Ghost Mountain boys

Check our holdings at CARL: The Ghost Mountain boys : their epic march and the terrifying battle for New Guinea : the forgotten war of the South Pacific

Summary: "New Guinea is among the world's largest islands. In 1942, when World War II exploded onto its shores, it was an inhospitable, cursorily mapped, disease-ridden land of dense jungle, towering mountain peaks, deep valleys,and fetid swamps. Coveted by the Japanese for its strategic position, New Guinea became the site of one of the South Pacific's most savage campaigns. Despite their lack of jungle training, the 32nd Division's Ghost Mountain Boys were assigned the most grueling mission of the entire Pacific campaign: to march 130 miles over the rugged Owen Stanley Mountains and to protect the right flank of the Australian army as they fought to push the Japanese back to the village of Buna on New Guinea's north coast."

Related podcast: Interview with the Author James Campbell - Pritzker Military Library Podcast

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