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Kokoda Track: 101 Days

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Author:  Peter Macinnis
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This is the story of a vastly outnumbered force of poorly-trained and poorly-supplied Australian militia who stopped a huge but ill-conceived Japanese attack on Port Moresby, over the spine of New Guinea. The two villains in the piece, Australian general Thomas Blamey and US general Douglas MacArthur, should heave brought about defeat a dozen times over with their stupidity. Further down the chain, competent generals and competent soldiering undid the harm that the top generals attempted.

The Kokoda campaign was the first Allied success against the Japanese, though Milne Bay happened in the same time-frame. It was achieved by fighting a withering attrition, stretching the Japanese supply lines and holding them until reinforcements could be brought up. The 101 days of the subtitle is the time from first engagement to the Australian troops rolling back into Kokoda, a village of no strategic importance which captivated the tiny minds of Blamey and MacArthur.

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Apr 19,2013
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The Kokoda track as a very interesting true story.

It was descriptive and it made you feel like you were there. 

This book is about the World War Two, when the Japanese fought Australia (a very poorly-trained militia.)

While the Japanese were trying to take over Port Moresby the Austrailians followed the Kokoda track to defend their country. 

It had difficult words to read and we recommend it to senoir school students years 6-8.

Apr 19,2013
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This book is about World War 2 and the Australians that went of to New Guinea to fight on the Kokoda track. We read this book for school and we thought it was confusing at a some parts and some parts were just plain discussting. ( at one pont the the Japenese ate the dead Australian people who died on the track.) We thought that it was written for a much older age group.

Apr 19,2013
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This is a story of a highly untrained Australian group called the militia. They fought for our country while our highly trained army were elsewhere. Their Generals had no faith or sympathy for our Australian soldiers. While they followed the muddy route of Kokoda Track they still managed to survive and win the battle. This is their story. 

Apr 19,2013
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I really liked this book because it is interesting.It didn't just focuse on the wins and victors of the war. It also told me about the bad things that happened to the soldiers like how the got Malaria. I rate this book 4/5 and I recommend this book 11+ and any body who wants to learn about the Kokoda Track. 

Apr 19,2013
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Kokoda track was a very informational novel but to me it seemed like it went on forever. I liked the diagrams and photos, they helped imagine the story and how the soldiers felt. I gave it a 2 out of 5!!

Apr 19,2013
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I rate this book a 0/5

this is by far the worst book I have ever read! This book is not one of those books where you would read it again.

this is about Australian soldiers in WWII. In this book they eat soldiers when they have no more food.

I would say this book is for year 8's. This book is so boring I fell asleep whilst I was reading it.

THIS IS THE WORST BOOK IN HISTORY.

 

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