When General Douglas MacArthur led Allied troops into the jungles of New Guinea in World War II, he was already looking ahead. By successfully leapfrogging Japanese forces on that island, he placed his armies in a position to fulfill his personal promise to liberate the Philippines. The New Guinea campaign has gone down in history as one of MacArthur's successes. The author show why it succeeded and what it contributed to the overall strategy against Japan.
The book tells not only how victory was gained through a combination of technology, tactics and Army-Navy cooperation, but also how the New Guinea campaign exemplified the strategic differences that plagued the Pacific War, since many high-ranking officers considered it a diversionary tactic rather than a key offensive.
MacArthur's Jungle War examines the campaign's strategic background and individual operations, describing the enormous challenges posed by jungle and amphibious warfare. Perhaps more important, it offers a balanced assessment of MacArthur's leadership and limitations, revealing his reliance on familiar battle plans and showing the vital role that subordinates played in his victory. Taaffe tells how MacArthur manipulated the complex New Guinea campaign in service of his ultimate goal - to return to the Philippines.
He also discloses how MacArthur frequently deceived both his superiors and the public in order to promote his own agenda and examines errors the General would later repeat on a larger scale through the Korean War.
- Book Condition:
- Slight shelf wear to DJ otherwise near new quality
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- Hard Boards with Dust Jacket
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