Official Histories – Second World War

Volume VII – The Final Campaigns (1st edition, 1963)

Gavin Long

This volume concludes the Army Series. It describes the Australian Army campaigns in the last months of 1944 and in 1945. It tells the full story of the fighting in Bougainville, New Britain, round Wewak, at Balikpapan and Tarakan and in British Borneo.

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Title Page
Contents, Illustrations, Maps, Sketch Maps and Diagrams, Preface, and List of Events i
Chapter 1 – The Final Phase Begins 1
Chapter 2 – Plans and Problems 31
Chapter 3 – The General, the Parliament and the Ministers 55
Chapter 4 – Leaders and Men 73
Chapter 5 – The Bougainville Campaign Takes Shape 89
Chapter 6 – The Offensive Opens 116
Chapter 7 – To Slater’s Knoll and Soraken 141
Chapter 8 – Across the Hari: Porton Plantation 177
Chapter 9 – The Floods and the Cease Fire 217
Chapter 10 – Operations on New Britain 241
Chapter 11 – Taking Over at Aitape 271
Chapter 12 – Across the Danmap 282
Chapter 13 – To Dagua: and Across the Amuk River 296
Chapter 14 – Maprik and Wewak Taken 330
Chapter 15 – Tazaki and Shiburangu 359
Chapter 16 – Planning for Borneo – April to June 1945 388
Chapter 17 – Tarakan: Town and Airfield Taken 406
Chapter 18 – Tarakan: the Garrison Destroyed 427
Chapter 19 – Oboe Six Opens 453
Chapter 20 – Securing British Borneo 472
Chapter 21 – The Seizure of Balikpapan 502
Chapter 22 – Balikpapan Area Secured 532
Chapter 23 – After the Cease Fire 548
Chapter 24 – Looking Back 584
Appendix 1 – Command Problems, SWPA 1942–1945 590
Appendix 2 – Too Many Generals? 600
appendix 3 – General Blamey’s Appreciation of May 1945 608
Appendix 4 – The Allied Intelligence Bureau 617
Appendix 5 – The Prison Break at Cowra, August 1944 623
Appendix 6 – Order of Battle of the 7th Division at Balikpapan 625
Appendix 7 – Some Statistics 633
Appendix 8 – Australian Army Unit Histories, War of 1939–45 637
Appendix 9 – Abbreviations 639
Index 641