Tarakan: A Personal War

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Blue, Tim
Published by Blue Chip Productions, Willoughby, NSW (1998)
ISBN 10: 0646345559 ISBN 13: 9780646345550
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Lawrence Jones Books
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Book Description Blue Chip Productions, Willoughby, NSW, 1998. Soft cover. Book Condition: Very Good. First edition.. 235 x 160 mm, xv + 288 pp, 16 pp of b&w photographs, 4 maps, two appendices: Honour Roll, Bibliography and sources, index. Pictorial light card covers with a creased upper front corner. From the rear cover, 'The second world war catapulted more than 70,000 young Australians into a war in Indonesia in mid 1945. More than 50 years later the questions remain about why Australians were ever involved, and why nearly 700 had to die. The author examines the attack on Tarakan, a small island off the northeast coast of Borneo, once part of the Netherlands East Indies. Oil from the island was a key target for Japanese forces in their sweep south three years earlier. Yet one week after Australian forces landed on Tarakan, the war in Europe ended, and the war in the Pacific was heading towards a Japanese defeat. Why were Australians fighting and dying so late in the war, in a country that few of their countrymen knew about and much less cared about? Tarakan: a personal war, is the story of the men at the war, as recorded honestly in letters home, diaries and recollections from the perspective of time.' Scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 10472

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