The Rag Tag Fleet

The Rag Tag Fleet The Unknown Story of the Australian Men and Boats Who Helped Win the War in the Pacific

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Publisher's Synopsis

The unknown story of how a fleet of Australian fishing boats, trawlers and schooners supplied US and Australian forces in the Pacific - and helped turn the course of World War II.

Mid-1942: from China to New Guinea, the Pacific belonged to the Japanese. In this desperate situation, a fleet of hundreds of Australian small ships is assembled, sailing under the American flag, and crewed by over 3000 Australians either too young or too old to join the regular armed forces. Their task: to bring supplies and equipment to the Allied troops waging bloody battles against Japanese forces across the South Pacific.

THE RAG TAG FLEET is the unknown story of the final months of 1942 - when these men ran the gauntlet of Japanese air attacks, malaria and dysentery, reefs, and shallow, shark-infested waters to support the US and Australian troops that defeated the entrenched Japanese forces at Buna on the New Guinea coast, and so helped turn the war in the Allies' favour. Their bravery, ingenuity and mettle helped turn the tide of the war. For the first time, their story is told.

'enthralling . . . makes for a fascinating read.' CANBERRA TIMES

Book information

ISBN: 9780733637292
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Hachette Australia
Pub date:
DEWEY: 940.545994
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 420g
Height: 232mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 30mm