America’s General Douglas MacArthur was always a controversial figure both at home and abroad. A difficult genius but, whatever else is said about him, a success when it was most needed.
In the south-west Pacific during World War Two most of MacArthur’s activities involved Australian forces, particularly the Royal Australian Navy.
This comprehensive book details many of the often unusual but effective activities carried out by the RAN in that theatre. The RAN and all its vessels and their crews were flexible and innovative. Although largely unrecognised, they contributed considerably to MacArthur’s eventual triumph.
The author, a retired RAN officer, has done an amazing job in pulling together an enormous amount of valuable material to describe this intense period of wartime activity.