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The Battle of the Bismarck Sea by [Michael Veitch]

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Readers look for and admire good writers and great writing. They will find it, in spades, in The Battle of the Bismarck Sea ... The Battle of the Bismarck Sea is a superb achievement. In Turning Point, Michael Veitch rescued, with superlative skill, the battle of Milne Bay from obscurity. With this book he has done it again, perhaps with even greater success. -- Michael McKernan ― The Canberra Times --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Michael Veitch is well known as an author, actor and former ABC television and radio presenter. His books include the critically acclaimed accounts of Australian airmen in World War II, 44 Days, Heroes of the Skies, Fly, Flak,Barney Greatrex, Turning Point and The Battle of the Bismarck Sea. He lives in the Yarra Valley, outside Melbourne.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0946RM772
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hachette Australia (28 July 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2811 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Veitch is a far superior battlefield historian than other more prominent historians...
Reviewed in Australia on 7 January 2022
Previously, I'd only ever known Veitch as a 90s TV comedian. I had no inkling he was such a tremendously talented historian and writer too! This account of a crucial SW Pacific theatre sea and aerial battle - which has not received the attention it deserves in Australia - is simply a marvellous and compelling read.

As much as I'm an avid scholar of WWII, especially the European theatre, my focus tends to be 60% on the political aspect and 40% on actual campaigns. This is due mainly to having encountered a lot of stodgy 'battlefield' historians who happily engage with the records and data, but not with their readers. Most recently Stahel and (to a lesser extent) Forcyzk. Their tabulated and dry-as-dust writing style stand in contrast to the events they're meant to describe. In the hands of these and other 'eminent' historians, a battle is about as vivid and exciting as reading......a telephone directory(!) Thank goodness Veitch is of a different calibre altogether. He knows it's just as important to engage his reader's interest, as much as the records and data.

Thus, he brings the battle to life without glorifying killing; without sacrificing intellectual integrity; keeping true to the facts and data; and contextualizing it within the broader war. And he does so with a style and flair that is sorely lacking in most university academics who write on the same topic. No easy task, indeed. I heartily recommend this volume to you.
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