- Tarakan: an Australian tragedy
Tarakan: an Australian tragedy
In 1945, 240 Australians died taking the small Borneo island of Tarakan from the Japanese. The tragedy of Tarakan was that by the time they succeeded, they need not have begun.
Peter Stanley explores that battle, what it was like and what it means to us over fifty years on. He traces the operation from its origins in MacArthur's GHQ, down to the rifle sections patrolling in Tarakan's rugged jungle.
Tarakan: An Australian Tragedy suggests new ways of looking at Australia's experience of war. It critically appraises the view that the Borneo campaign was unnecessary, arguing that it was a justifiable operation doomed by the politics of coalition warfare and by bad planning.
Details: Non-fiction, published 1997.
Format: Soft cover, illustrations (maps), 288 pages.
Dimensions: 23 cm (h) x 15.2 cm (w) x 1.7 cm (d) / 508 grams.