Tarakan

An Australian tragedy

Peter Stanley
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In 1945, 240 Australians died taking the small Borneo island of Tarakan from the Japanese. The tragedy of Tarakan was that by the time they succeeded, they need not have begun.

In 1945, 240 Australians died taking the small Borneo island of Tarakan from the Japanese. The tragedy of Tarakan was that by the time they succeeded, they need not have begun.

Peter Stanley explores that battle, what it was like and what it means to us over fifty years on. He traces the operation from its origins in MacArthur's GHQ, down to the rifle sections patrolling in Tarakan's rugged jungle.

Tarakan: An Australian Tragedy suggests new ways of looking at Australia's experience of war. It critically appraises the view that the Borneo campaign was unnecessary, arguing that it was a justifiable operation doomed by the politics of coalition warfare and by bad planning.

Tarakan: An Australian Tragedy illuminates the Australian experience of war. Through it, we can hear the men on Tarakan - scared, angry, humorous, proud, bitter and, above all, Australian - the voices of a vanished Australia.

Tarakan: An Australian Tragedy is the story of people at war, how it affected them, and how we have remembered it and them.

Author bio:

Peter Stanley is a Senior Historian at the Australian War Memorial where he has worked since 1980. He has published widely on Australian and British military history. Tarakan: An Australian Tragedy was inspired by a visit to Tarakan in 1994 in the course of researching the Memorial's 50th anniversary exhibition, 1945: War And Peace.

Category: Military
ISBN: 9781864482782
Table Of Contents: Foreword

List of maps

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Tarakan, fifty years on

1. 'We're heading for Japan': Tarakan - stepping stone to nowhere

2. 'The boys who do the landing': the men and units of Oboe One Force

3. 'To capture Tarakan': planning Operation Oboe One

4. 'The barrage is lifting; we're just about to land': P-Day, 1 May 1945

5. 'Heading for the airstrip': the first week - the airstrip, Tarakan Hill and Sykes

6. 'Then push up from the beachhead': the second week - Tiger, Crazy Ridge and Helen

7. 'Carry on without a frown': the third week - the patrol fight and the airstrip

8. 'We've got to climb the razorback': Freda and Margy

9. 'There's the fire from Nippon's pill box': the corporals' fight for Fukukaku

10. 'This lousy joint': capitulation

11. 'Oboe One is over': occupation and departure, 1945

12. 'We're sure to have the memory': looking back on Tarakan

APPENDICES

I Order of battle, Oboe One Force, May 1945

II Casualties, Oboe One Force, May-December 1945

III Roll of Honour, Australian forces on Tarakan, May-December 1945

IV Note on sources and Bibliography

Endnotes

Index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: April 1997
Page Extent: 288
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Warfare & defence

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