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 placein Australian history

Interest in the Kokoda Trail is growing rapidly among manyAustralians, both for its attraction as a hiking destination andfor its historical significance. Kokoda For Dummies offers afast track tool for learning everything you need to know about thisunique thoroughfare, in one concise volume. Part history book, partpractical guide, Kokoda For Dummies is perfect both forthose considering following our Diggers’ footsteps along‘the track’ or armchair travellers who want to learnabout its history.

Covering the full history of the Kokoda Trail, from itsbeginnings as an overland mail route to the fierce battles betweenthe Australians and the Japanese that took place along its lengthduring World War II, the book also includes important informationon walking the trail yourself. From the steps you need to take toget ready to what to bring, Kokoda For Dummies is thedefinitive resource for anyone looking for a comprehensive overviewof this significant landmark.

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

A comprehensive but accessible history of the Kokoda Trail andits 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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