200 Shots: Damien Parer and George Silk with the Australians at War in New Guinea

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Allen & Unwin, 2005 - History - 197 pages
Bringing one of Australia's most gripping war campaigns to life, this photography collection highlights the work of two great World War II photographers and presents an historical analysis of each shot, the photographers' reactions to their subjects, and look at the very nature of the fighting in what was one of the Australian army's greatest tests.

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Page 79 - Australian troops had, at Milne Bay. in New Guinea, inflicted on the Japanese their first undoubted defeat on land. If the Australians, in conditions very like ours, had done it, so could we. Some of us may forget that of all the Allies it was Australian soldiers who first broke the spell of the invincibility of the Japanese Army; those of us who were in Burma have cause to remember.
Page 78 - Time and rain and the jungle will obliterate this little native pad; but for evermore will live the memory of weary men who have passed this way, ghosts of glorious men that have gone, gone far beyond the Kokoda...
Page 41 - Good day, dig. Pretty tough, eh?" — and grinned. The grin didn't mean anything — or did it? Templeton's Crossing was a dry camp with kunda bunks by the riverbank. We stayed the night and pushed on. I will never forget the scene as Eora came into sight halfway down the last ridge. Hundreds of men were standing about in mud that came up to their shins. The whole village, built of pandanus and grass, looked as if it were about to founder in the sea of mud. The huts leaned drunkenly. There were piles...
Page 107 - General MacArthur's criticism of the Australian performance on the Kokoda Trail and at Milne Bay. He plainly and firmly advocated that the two Australian brigades be sent to the front, as he knew they would fight.
Page 97 - Immediately prior to crossing the Kumusi, Vasey's force had lost 53 officers and 900 other ranks as battle casualties, in addition to a very substantial evacuation of the sick.
Page 16 - Miracle Men of Moresby. Take a good look at us!" they replied, and drove off without further comment into the twilight. We could not write: The strength, equipment, training and leadership of the New Guinea Force is inadequate for the task it has been briefed to do. It is enervated by tropical diseases and it is badly fed, overworked, discouraged and very nearly hopeless. It is without reserves or air support. If the Japanese come, organized defense will last not more than 48 hours.
Page 78 - The ceremony of hoisting the flag, performed by MajorGeneral GA Vasey, GOC 7th Division, after the recapture of Kokoda on 2nd November 1942.
Page 181 - He had a dress* over his forehead covering his eyes and his arm was in a sling. I got a walking shot of him.
Page 107 - ... forthwith. If the prevailing mood at the front was grim, it was perhaps even more so at Port Moresby. A blunt discussion was held between General Blamey and General 104 'I must get this . . .

About the author (2005)

\Neil McDonald is the author of War Cameraman: The Story of Damien Parer and the curator of Still Action, the first exhibition of Parer's war photography. Peter Brune is a leading authority and writer on the Australian campaigns in New Guinea during World War II. He is the author of A Bastard of a Place, Gona's Gone, The Spell Broken, Those Ragged Bloody Heroes, and We Band of Brothers.

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