Book Launch of 'Australia 1943: The Liberation of New Guinea'

Event details

Book Launch

Date & time

Wednesday 11 December 2013




Peter J. Dean


Kerrie Hogan
+61 2 6125 2167

Please join us at the Australian War Memorial,Courtyard Gallery Treloar Crescent, Campbell with its Director Dr Brendan Nelson to launch Australia 1943: The Liberation of New Guinea. There will also be a reception with drinks, canapes and a chance to buy the book following the launch.

Venue: Australian War Memorial, Courtyard Gallery, Treloar Crescent, Campbell

About the Book:

By January 1943, Australia had emerged from the shadow of war in a strong position. The victories in 1942 at Kokoda, Guadalcanal, Buna, Gona and Sanananda had secured the northern coastlines of Papua and Australia. Australian forces were now poised for a full scale offensive to liberate New Guinea from the Japanese, the largest and most complicated operations in their history. Australia 1943 explores the high point of Australia's influence on operations and strategy in the South West Pacific, a campaign that has been traditionally overshadowed by the drama of Kokoda. It investigates critical operations from January 1943 to April 1944, including Salamaua, Lae/Nadzab, Finschhafen, Shaggy Ridge, the Markham Valley and the Huon Peninsula. Australia 1943 is the first detailed single-volume study of Australia's military operations in the Pacific during 1943 - Australia's 'finest hour' in the Second World War.

About the Editor:

Peter J. Dean is the Director of Studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, the Australian National University and a Senior Lecturer at the Australian War College. He is the editor of Australia 1942: The Shadow of War (2012), the author of The Architect of Victory: The Military Career of Lieutenant-General Sir Frank Horton Berryman (2011), a contributing editor to the Second World War journal Global War Studies and a managing editor for the journal Security Challenges.

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