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Turning Point

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The Battle for Milne Bay 1942 - Japan's first land defeat in World War II

by Michael Veitch

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 23/07/2019

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Told for the first time, this is the epic story of the Milne Bay campaign of 1942 - which saw Japanese land forces suffer their first defeat of the war - and has properly been called the RAAF's forgotten finest hour.

September 1942 marked the high-point of Axis conquest in World War II. In the Pacific, Japan's soldiers had seemed unstoppable. However, the tide was about to turn.

On Sunday, 6 September 1942, Japanese land forces suffered their first conclusive defeat at the hands of the Allies. At Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea, a predominantly Australian force - including 75 Squadron (fresh from their action in 44 DAYS) - fought for two weeks to successfully defend a vital airstrip against a determined Japanese invasion. The victorious Australian army units were crucially supported by two locally-based squadrons of RAAF Kittyhawks.

The Battle for Milne Bay and victory for the Allies was a significant turning point in the Pacific War, but while it received worldwide publicity at the time, it has since been largely forgotten... It deserves to be remembered.

Michael Veitch, actor, presenter and critically acclaimed author, brings to life the incredible exploits and tragic sacrifices of these Australian heroes in another fast-paced and thrilling tale.

ISBN:
9780733640551
9780733640551
Category:
Military history
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
23-07-2019
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hachette Australia
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
336
Dimensions (mm):
235x156x24mm
Weight:
0.45kg
Michael Veitch

Michael Veitch is well known as an author, actor, comedian and former ABC television and radio presenter. His books include the critically acclaimed accounts of Australian airmen in World War II, 44 Days, Heroes of the Skies, Fly, Flak and Barney Greatrex. He lives in the Yarra Valley, outside Melbourne.

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  • A gripping tale of a pivotal moment for Australia

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    As an author with a solid background in the writing of books with a military content, I'm not exactly surprised (despite how good it is) to discover that Michael Veitch has yet again been true to his now not-inconsiderable track record over what must be six or eight works of non-fiction so far. 'Turning Point' provides gripping accounts of what dreadful and traumatic experiences were endured by both sides of this highly pivotal event in Australian military history in 1942.