KOKODA

Historical Source Material

Reading:

Kokoda

Peter Brune: "Those Ragged Bloody Heroes", (1991) pub. Allen and Unwin.

Peter Brune has produced a fine history that captures in vivid detail the heroism of Australian troops on the Kokoda Track and the hardships endured by them. Although heavily outnumbered, poorly supplied, and poorly equipped, the Australians blunted the Japanese thrust towards Port Moresby and then forced the enemy to retreat. This is one of the best stories of the bloody Kokoda campaign.

Peter Brune: "A Bastard of a Place - The Australians in Papua", (2003) pub. Allen and Unwin.

Peter Dornan: "The Silent Men",(1999) pub. Allen and Unwin.

Paul Ham: "Kokoda", (2004) HarperCollins.

Patrick Lindsay: "The Spirit of Kokoda - Then and Now", (2002) Hardie Grant Books.

Patrick Lindsay: "The Essence of Kokoda", (2005) Hardie Grant Books.

In this relatively small volume, Patrick Lindsay has managed to capture vividly the extraordinary heroism, sacrifice, hardships, and comradeship that epitomise Kokoda for Australians. It provides a valuable introduction to the Kokoda story.

Lex McAulay: "Blood and Iron".

Frank Sublet: "Kokoda to the Sea", pub. Slouch Hat Publications.

Milne Bay

C. Baker and G. Knight: "Milne Bay 1942".

Peter Brune: "A Bastard of a Place - The Australians in Papua", (2003) pub. Allen and Unwin.

The Beachheads

Peter Brune: "The Spell Broken", (1998) pub. Allen & Unwin.

Peter Brune: "A Bastard of a Place - The Australians in Papua", (2003) pub. Allen and Unwin.

The Commanders

David Horner: "Blamey- The Commander-in Chief", pub. Allen & Unwin.

Jack Galloway: "The odd Couple- MacArthur and Blamey at War".

Viewing:

"Kokoda - The Bloody Track" (1992), released by CEL Home Video.

In this superb documentary, Patrick Lindsay records the heroism and hardship of the bloody Kokoda Campaign through eyewitness accounts and historic B & W film clips. A leading Pacific War historian, Dr. David Horner, provides commentary.

"Kokoda - The Last Parade" (1999).

Patrick Lindsay documents on DVD the story of fifty Kokoda Diggers who returned to the Kokoda Track for the first time in fifty-six years for a final pilgrimage to farewell the mates they left behind. This DVD is available from Patrick Lindsay.

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For those interested in actually walking the historic Kokoda Track, Kokoda tours can be arranged by Kokoda Historical.

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