Military history

The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea-The Forgotten War of the South Pacific

The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea-The Forgotten War of the South Pacific

Campbell brings to vivid life one of the more forgotten, grislier campaigns of World War II, the Buna Trail campaign in New Guinea. The Japanese were trying to get a foothold on the south coast of the island, opposite Australia. The American Thirty-second Infantry Division had the job of driving them back over the Owen Stanley Mountain. It succeeded, at the cost of more than 10,000 casualties, four-fifths of them from tropical diseases contracted in the face of heavy rain, astonishing depths of mud, rugged terrain, perpetually rancid weather, shortage of supplies (including medicines), and, not incidentally, the Japanese.

Introduction

PROLOGUE

BOOK ONE

Chapter 1: ESCAPE TO THE SOUTH

Chapter 2: A TRAIN HEADING WEST

Chapter 3: ARRIVAL DOWN UNDER

Chapter 4: SONS OF HEAVEN

Chapter 5: CANNIBAL ISLAND

BOOK TWO

Chapter 6: FORLORN HOPE

Chapter 7: THE BLOODY TRACK

Chapter 8: MARCHING INTO THE CLOUDS

Chapter 9: ONE GREEN HELL

Chapter 10: TO SWALLOW ONE’S TEARS (NAMIDA O NOMU)

Chapter 11: FEVER RIDGE

BOOK THREE

Chapter 12: THE KILL ZONE

Chapter 13: A POOR MAN’S WAR

Chapter 14: IF THEY DON’T STINK, STICK ’EM

Chapter 15: THE BUTCHER’S BILL

Chapter 16: BREAKING THE STALEMATE

Chapter 17: CAGED BIRDS

EPILOGUE

Notes

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