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MacArthur's coalition : US and Australian operations in the Southwest Pacific area, 1942-1945

Author: Peter J Dean
Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2018]
Series: Modern war studies
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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" From 1942-1945 the Allies' war in the Southwest Pacific was effectively a bilateral coalition between the United States and Australia under the command of General Douglas MacArthur. By charting the evolution of the military effectiveness of the US-Australian alliance, MacArthur's Coalition puts the relationship between the United States and Australia at the center of the war against Japan. Drawing on new primary
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Named Person: Douglas MacArthur; Douglas MacArthur
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Dean
ISBN: 9780700626045 0700626042
OCLC Number: 1012716132
Description: xvi, 476 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. 1 The Southwest Pacific Area, 1942 --
1.War Plans and Preparations: US-Australian Relations in the Interwar Period --
2.MacArthur's Retreat and Resurrection: The Establishment and High Command of the Southwest Pacific Area --
3.Command and Organization in the Southwest Pacific Area, 1942 --
pt. 2 The Papua Campaign, 1942 --
4.The US-Australian Military Relationship in 1942 --
5.The Battles for Kokoda and Milne Bay --
6.The Battle for the Beachheads, November 1942: Strategy and Stalemate --
7.Decision at Buna and Sanananda --
pt. 3 The Southwest Pacific Area, 1943 --
8.Operation Cartwheel: Plans, Preparations, and the Battle of the Bismarck Sea --
9.Working Together for a Common Purpose: The Development of Amphibious Warfare in the SWPA, 1942 --
1945 --
pt. 4 The New Guinea Campaign, 1943 --
10.Victory and Discord: The Battle for Salamaua --
11.Operation Postern: Planning and Airpower --
12.The Liberation of New Guinea --
pt. 5 The Southwest Pacific Area, 1944 --
1945 --
13.Australia, MacArthur, and the Divergence of Interests.
Series Title: Modern war studies
Responsibility: Peter J. Dean.

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