Based on a detailed analysis of the battlefield, this
book outlines how the victory at Wau was achieved and
demonstrates how determined leadership can turn the tide
of battle. Throughout most of 1942, the Australian Army
fought a series of commando actions to keep the Japanese
at bay in the Wau - Salamaua area of New Guinea. The
Australian commando operation against Salamaua in June
1942 is still considered to be `the perfect raid'.
Following other commando actions at Mubo, the Japanese
reinforced their troops at Salamaua in January 1943, and
conducted a daring operation to capture Wau. Advancing by
way of a seemingly impassable track between the
Australian outposts, a force of two infantry battalions
reached the foothills overlooking Wau before coming up
against a single Australian company of infantry.
Courageously led by Captain Bill Sherlock this small
force held the Japanese advance at bay for a vital 36
hours, allowing other Australian troops to be rushed in
to defend Wau. More importantly, the Australian stand
enabled fresh troops to be flown in to the vital airfield
and these men changed the course of the battle.
Big Sky Publishing
Australian Army Campaigns Series
Non Fiction /