Author: Peter Macinnis
Format: 176 pp book
ISBN: 9781876372965 SCIS No: 1303045
Publisher: Black Dog Books 2007
Audience: Student resource
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This is the extraordinary story of a small force defeating a much larger one. It is the tale of the 550 men of the 39th Militia Batallion - called chocos because the regular soldiers thought they'd melt under pressure. In eight short and brutal weeks - from 20 August 1942 - these soldiers slowed, and eventually stopped, the advance of 6000 experienced Japanese troops of the Nankai division across the massive Owen Stanley Range.