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Battle of the Bismarck Sea
Author: Lex Mcaulay

ISBN: 9781875593316
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 1 August 2008
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.0
30 minutes that changed the balance of power in New Guinea - a battle for land forces, fought at sea, won by air. March 1943: the Japanese had thousands of troops available and powerful unchallenged naval units to deliver them to New Guinea - only air power could be brought to bear on the naval force.

A convoy of eight ships with eight battle-hardened destroyers as escort formed to deliver 6,000 fresh, experienced, fully equipped troops to New Guinea. Using bad weather as cover, the convoy reached the last stage of its voyage from Rabaul to Lae - but next morning was clear. A US-Australian air strike force flew out as the last hope for the Allies and employed tactics proposed by an Australian officer.

The result was disaster for the Japanese and the convoy was destroyed in 30 minutes. Accounts of the battle published at the time and for years afterwards used a repeated wartime propaganda, exaggerations, myths and lies. This is the full and authentic story of the battle from solid Australian, US and Japanese sources. 'Below deck on destroyer Arashio, Sub-Lieutenant Reiji Masuda felt the speeding ship jump several times an...

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