Summary

South Pacific Cauldron is the first complete history embracing all land, sea, and air operations in the Pacific War. Unlike most other World War II accounts, this work covers the South Pacific operations in detail. The audiobook includes many now-forgotten operations that deserve to be well remembered. Significantly, the official Australian history of World War II correctly observed that Australia's part in the Pacific war is barely mentioned in American histories.
This volume finally brings the major Australian contribution to the fore. The dramatis personae could hardly be improved upon, including brilliant and imperious General Douglas MacArthur, audacious and profane Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, and bibulous and indelicate Australian General Thomas Blamey. As for the fighting men, many of their stories are captured in accounts of the actions for which they were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, Victoria Cross, and other decorations for valor.
©2014 Alan Rems (P)2014 Tantor
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"South Pacific Cauldron is a first-rate account of the brutal and important fighting that occurred in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea during World War II....Alan Rems provides military history buffs with a fine starting point for the overlooked military operations in one of the world's most hostile environments." (Stephen R. Taaffe, author of Marshall and His Generals)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Damien on 20-02-15

A little dry but informative

This book was a little dry with much of it being along the lines of "unit A moved here, unit B moved there and clashed with enemy forces. The allies casualties were X and the Japenese suffered Y casualties". Much of the detail is at the strategic level and the only time you hear about anyone below a company commander is if they won an award like the Victoria Cross or Medal of Honour. If you're looking for insights into the soldiers lives then this book is not for you.
If you are interested in the movements of armies, navies and air forces and insights in the decesions made by their commanders then you should give this book a go; it is packed full of information and seems very well researched. Maybe like me you will be suprised at how much fighting happened in the South Pacific besides the more well known Battle for the Coral Sea, Guadalcanal and Kokoda. I'd give this book 3.5 stars if I could.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 06-09-15

South Pacific Cauldron - Another Forgotten War

I chose this book based on professionally readings and it was subject I had little knowledge on before I read the book. I think most people can tell you about battles in North Africa, Italy, France, or even the Eastern Front. However, other than the amphibious battles of the Central Pacific and the naval campaigns, there is, relatively, little discussion of the ground campaigns of the South Pacific. It is a good overview of this theater operations and I felt it was a nice primary for other readings and when I start to watch the documentary "Pacific".

At the same time, I read "Once an Eagle". It is interesting the lead character commands a fictional division in the South Pacific.

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