Books To Read

Books To Read

To make the impact the the most rewarding, pre-reading of the history of the track really helps to add to your experience.The Kokoda Track is a great challenge, but alone, it’s impact while amazing, is limited.Also you can get down to your local bookshop, head to the Military section and check out books to read like-

  • Field Guide to the Kokoda Track – Bill James
  • Kokoda – Peter Fitzsimons
  • Kokoda – Paul Ham
  • The Kokoda campaign 1942 Myth & Reality- Peter Williams
  • Those Ragged Bloody Heroes – Peter Brune
  • The Spirit of Kokoda – Patrick Lindsay
  • A Bastard of a Place – Peter Brune
  • Warrior of Kokoda – Bill Edgar
  • Salvos with the Forces – Walter Hull (if you are interested in this book, contact us and we will get a hold of one for you).

It is amazing the additional effect that the trek can have on you, when you have an understanding ofwhat happened during the Kokoda Campaign.

“The Australians who served in Papua New Guinea fought and died, not for defence of the old, but the new world. Their world. They died in defence of Australia and the civilisation and values which had grown up there. That is why it might be said that, for Australians, the battles in Papua New Guinea were the most important ever fought”

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating, Bomona War Cemetery, Port Moresby, Anzac Day, 1992.

The Australian War Memorial in Canberra offer many online histories such as unit dairies, official photographs and more…… Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial Shop

To get the most out of your tour we advise that you do some reading about the Borneo campaign before you travel. Below we have selected some historical reference books for you to choose from.Also you can get down to your local bookshop, head to the Military section and check out books to read such as;

Sandakan A conspiracy of Silence – Lynette Silver

Sandakan – Paul Ham

My War – Brian Walpole

Tarakan An Australian Tragedy – Dr Peter Stanley

The Australian War Memorial in Canberra offer many online histories such as unit dairies, official photographs and more…… Australian War Memorial

Australian War Memorial Shop

To get the most out of your tour we advise that you do some reading about the Western Front campaign before you travel. Below we have selected some historical reference books for you to choose from.Also you can get down to your local bookshop, head to the Military section and check out books to read such as;

1916 Fromelles and the Somme – Peter Burns (Available at the Australian War Memorial online)

1917 Bapaume and Bullecourt – Peter Burns (Available at the Australian War Memorial online)

1918 Villers-Bretonneux to Le Hamel – Peter Burns (Available at the Australian War Memorial online)

1918 Amiens to the Hindenburg Line – Peter Burns (Available at the Australian War Memorial online)

ANZACS on the Western Front – Peter Pedersen with Chris Roberts (Available at the Australian War Memorial online)

The Western Front Diaries: the Anzacs’ own story, battle by battle – Jonathan King (Available at the Australian War Memorial online)

Australian War Memorial Shop