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PACIFIC WAR GHOSTS: Travels to the South Pacific Battlefields of World War Two by [Maxwell, Tony]
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Travels to the South Pacific Battlefields of World War Two

A personal account of author Tony Maxwell's travels to the South Pacific in search of the fast disappearing relics left behind in the jungles and on the islands by that titanic struggle against the invading forces of the Empire of Japan.

Maxwell's book is profusely illustrated with over 100 B&W photographs of the wrecked aircraft, tanks and guns left behind on the battlefields of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Bougainville and Tarawa.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4963 KB
  • Print Length: 197 pages
  • Publisher: Bratonmax; 2 edition (April 12 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SG408U
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Pacific War Ghosts is an eminently readable account of the Australian and American involvement in the South Pacific war against the Japanese. The author visited many of these island battlefields in order to see, first hand, the beaches and the jungles where men of both sides fought and died during WW2.
I found the author's historical accounts of the battles most interesting. The book is lavishly illustrated with over 100 photographs taken both during the war and during the author's many visits to these battlefields. The author goes out of his way in his search for battlefield relics including pillboxes, bunkers, tanks, landing craft, and an assortment of planes slowly disappearing under jungle vegetation.
If you are interested in the historic battles on Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Bougainville, and the Gilbert Islands, you will find this book an interesting read. Pacific War Ghosts specifically covers the Papua New Guinea battles for the Kokoda Track, Milne Bay, Buna, Gona, and Sanananda. On Guadalcanal, it deals with the Tenaru, Edson's Ridge, Bloody Ridge, Mount Austen and the Japanese evacuation as well as the naval battles of Savo Island, Cape Esperance and Tassafaronga. In the Gilbert Islands, it deals at some length with the battle of Tarawa (Betio Island). He has also written a book on South African Boer War battlefield visits and history.
I found this book to be an excellent account of the actions that make up this part of the history of WW2. The author, Tony Maxwell, grew up in South Africa. He served in the armed forces in South Africa and in Australia, where he first became interested in the battlefields of the South Pacific. He has also written a book on South African Boer War Battlefield visits and history.
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HASH(0xa84a5be8) out of 5 stars Honor the ghosts of our Veterans July 29 2012
By niz9 - Published on
Format: Paperback
All of us are getting older and the past, our past, slowly slips away. For a younger generation of readers more familiar with social media than with say, the Kokoda Trail, "Pacific War Ghosts" presents a concise depiction of the savage war waged in the Pacific Theater during the early years of World War II. As mentioned in his bio, author Tony Maxwell acknowledges that stories of Australian military exploits against the Japanese along the wilderness track known as the Kokoda Trail served as his initial inspiration to visit Papua New Guinea after the war and "document the story of that under-reported campaign". Maxwell followed that trip with visits to the Solomon Islands, Bougainville, Ballale, and the Gilbert Islands, home of Betio Island, the location made infamous by the savage battle waged there on the Tarawa Atoll. Those trips through the rusting detritus of far-flung Pacific battlefields led to the creation of this book, "Pacific War Ghosts".

Maxwell was raised and educated in South Africa and has traveled extensively around the globe. This background contributes to his broad understanding and appreciation for the history of people and places, and this comes through strongly in his writings. He weaves the threads of his own travels into the history of old battles and military campaigns, and the result is a personal account that forms a tapestry that is as poignant as it is easy to read. Of particular interest are the authors own photographs that are displayed throughout the book and are deftly mixed with older archival images.

The stories of the Kokoda Trail, a sixty-mile long rugged footpath that crosses over the Owen Stanley Range in Papua New Guinea, have always mesmerized me. Trekkers must deal with disease, daytime heat and humidity, torrential rains, mud, freezing nights, and the unforgiving climb up steep ridges to 7185' as the trail crosses the Owen Stanley's near Mt Bellamy. It was over this terrible route that the Japanese and Australian forces battled each other in 1942. Freedom loving people everywhere should know and cherish the military history surrounding this small track meandering through the rugged bush of New Guinea.

Equally compelling is the military history surrounding the battles that waged on land and sea for control of Guadalcanal and the small aircraft landing strip located there, From Savo, to the Tenaru, to Edsons's Ridge, the carnage continued. Moreover, after Guadalcanal followed the battles for Bougainville, Ballale, and bloody Tarawa.

I enjoyed this book and I can appreciate the author's work. As a veteran, I often deal with old ghosts. It is a pleasure to see an author honor the ghosts of an older generation by writing such a history, a generation that made the world a better place for all of us.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa84a5d38) out of 5 stars Ghosts with more than one meaning June 1 2012
By Sandra Wendel - Published on
Format: Paperback
I always wanted to know more about the little spits of land where my father fought with the 12th Defense Batallion US Marines during WWII. Now I know. He never spoke about it in his 84 years. Now I know why. He conducted surveillance on the islands and directed the landing craft where to go ashore. He brought back his own ghosts from those beach landings and hand-to-hand combat situations. Now I know where his ghosts were born. This author has visited these long-decaying battlefields but never ever forgotten parts of the world. It's amazing that the actual ghosts (the battlements and tanks and halftraks) are still there. I thought we never left our "soldiers" in the field. A thought-provoking and insightful journey to the land of our fathers and their ghosts. Maybe it even helps put some of those nightmares to rest after 70 years.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa84b2090) out of 5 stars An Excellent Historical Perspective July 23 2012
By Patty Cooper - Published on
Format: Paperback
It is one of the best I've read on World War II in the South Pacific. My dad fought in that war in the US Navy, all the way to Tokyo Bay, so your book held significance to me to start with. I've studied history for many years and read many books on the war because I was proud of my dad and everything he stood for.

Your book, because it is personalized with your visits and your thoughts, takes the reader directly to each location - it is as if I was right there with you. Your use of history, combined with the photos and maps, bring us right to the location, both with you as an historian and with the troops who fought there. It is a book that is easy to read, easy to follow, and at the same time tell a powerful set of stories to the point my interest was held immediately and kept throughout the reading.
You are an excellent writer and I expect the best tribute to pay is to ask you to write more and similar books; I will be your first customer sir. This is a book you may be assured I will keep and read again. I will also be telling as many people as I can to buy this book and read it.

I am the author of several books on management and am a reader. I read a lot and have read many and different subjects and topics. Your is one I will place in it proper place - with those books I consider to be at the top of my list.
Thank you for doing this, and again, please produce more of the same type.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa84a5ba0) out of 5 stars Roughing it in the South Pacific April 14 2012
By John Hamill - Published on
Format: Paperback
In this short book, film maker Tony Maxwell relates his travels to the World War II battlefields of the South Pacific, and he gives brief, well written histories of the places that he visited. Being fascinated with the Pacific War, I have wondered about touring the sites myself. It will likely never happen, which may be just as well considering some of Maxwell's experiences. His book is a good substitute, though, as travel in the area doesn't seem especially pleasant. Roughing it in the jungle is only part of it. Among other things there are "raskols" looking for opportunities for robbery. Landowners are happy to let tourists visit battle sites... for money. At Betio, development is beginning to fill the island, and residents use the lagoon as a toilet then joke about the "brown trout". All the while many of the remains of weaponry are disappearing from the Pacific - sold as relics. The author's travels make for enjoyable reading. In fact, the book should be a bit longer. Regardless, "Pacific War Ghosts" is well worth the read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa84b2540) out of 5 stars Did not know any of this stuff Sept. 17 2013
By Vidalia11 - Published on
Format: Paperback
I find WWII wreckage left in situ eerily fascinating. But I know nothing about WWII. The book describes the author's travels in out-of-the-way places in the South Pacific where bloody battles took place, leaving some "ghosts" behind (rusting AA guns, tanks, planes, pillboxes, etc.). These war relics are only a faint echo of the brutal fighting that took place. The author describes the military actions and has provided vivid photographs from the period. Then he compares them with photos of the ruins and sites as they are today. I found the book to be haunting and very sad.