Kokoda Trail for Dummies

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Wiley, Feb 6, 2012 - History - 360 pages
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Everything you need to know about the Kokoda Trail and its place in Australian history

Interest in the Kokoda Trail is growing rapidly among many Australians, both for its attraction as a hiking destination and for its historical significance. Kokoda For Dummies offers a fast track tool for learning everything you need to know about this unique thoroughfare, in one concise volume. Part history book, part practical guide, Kokoda For Dummies is perfect both for those considering following our Diggers’ footsteps along ‘the track’ or armchair travellers who want to learn about its history.

Covering the full history of the Kokoda Trail, from its beginnings as an overland mail route to the fierce battles between the Australians and the Japanese that took place along its length during World War II, the book also includes important information on walking the trail yourself. From the steps you need to take to get ready to what to bring, Kokoda For Dummies is the definitive resource for anyone looking for a comprehensive overview of this significant landmark.

  • Focuses on walking the track as a pilgrimage and a history lesson for history buffs and hiking enthusiasts alike
  • Covers the health and safety concerns involved with walking the track, including a basic Kokoda itinerary
  • Contains eyewitness accounts of the Kokoda battles gleaned from interviews conducted with Australian and Japanese war veterans

A comprehensive but accessible history of the Kokoda Trail and its significance to Australia, in one volume.

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About the author (2012)

Dr Peter Williams is a military historian and the author of many books and websites on Australian military history. Currently working as a researcher for the Australian Government Department of Defence, Peter has walked the Kokoda Trail and has visited Papua New Guinea several times to research significant battlefields.

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