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

Michael Veitch



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Hachette Australia
01 August 2019
True war & combat stories; History; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Military history; Second World War; Air forces & warfare
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.

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By:   Michael Veitch
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 32mm
Weight:   460g
ISBN:   9780733640551
ISBN 10:   0733640559
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   01 August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

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

Veitch has done a wonderful job . . . a fast-paced and thrilling tale - Daily Telegraph on Michael Veitch's Barney Greatrex should be part of Australian military folklore - Adelaide Advertiser on Michael Veitch's 44 Days fascinating . . . Veitch brings the story vividly to life - Sydney Morning Herald on Michael Veitch's Barney Greatrex In many ways a significant event in the history of Australia's participation in World War II, this book brings to life the people and the formidable situations they endured - making it a commendable resource for students of the history of the war in the Pacific, as well as an engrossing read for the general reader. - ReadPlus

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