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Fortress Rabaul

The Battle for the Southwest Pacific, January 1942-April 1943

By Bruce D. Gamble

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Other Information: 32 b/w photos, 5 maps
Published In: United States, 01 September 2013
The winner of the Gold Medal (Military Writers Society of America) and Editor's Choice Award (Stone & Stone Second World War Books) is now available in paperback format. Since its 2010 release, Fortress Rabaul has been hailed as the triumphant midpoint of Bruce Gamble's award-winning military nonfiction trilogy, following his critically acclaimed Darkest Hour (December 2006) and preceding Target: Rabaul (November 2013). In this, the Zenith Press series' renowned second installment, Gamble chronicles the crucial role of Japan's island stronghold-Fortress Rabaul-located in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. For most of the war, the mere mention of Rabaul sent shudders through thousands of Allied airmen. With millions of square feet of housing and storage facilities supporting a hundred thousand imperial Japanese soldiers and naval personnel, Simpson Harbour and the airfields there were the focus of hundreds of U.S. Air Force missions. Recounted through Gamble's meticulous, airtight research and told in his signature accessible narrative style, you'll quickly see why Colonel Walter Boyne, USAF (Ret.), has called Fortress Rabaul his "tour de force."

About the Author

BRUCE GAMBLE is a retired naval flight officer and former historian with the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. The author of six books on the Pacific war, he is also a documentary personality and frequent public speaker. He currently lives in Florida.


"Fortress Rabaul would certainly benefit anyone interested in the Pacific war, the history of military aviation, and the geopolitical future of the region as the United States pivots toward the Asia-Pacific." - Military Review

EAN: 9780760345597
ISBN: 0760345597
Publisher: Zenith Press
Dimensions: 22.83 x 15.54 x 3.05 centimetres (0.63 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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