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Viewing Topic "Would be cool to see a Kokoda Track campaign title"
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Posted by: KAL9000 The Kokoda Track is often overlooked in histories on the Pacific War. Additionally, Kokoda Track was offered as one of the titles in December 2017's book vote and it scored very high at 25.22%, being beaten only by the (now released) Ia Drang title by 0.34%
Posted on: 30/03/2020 04:41:25

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Posted by: KAL9000
Total Posts: 55
Joined Date: Sunday, 18 March 2018

The results of the December 2017 book vote can be seen at the bottom of this page: https://ospreypublishing.com/blog/january_book_vote_2018/


A Kokoda Track title would be a perfect Campaign series title for several reasons:


First, the battle had a tangible strategic impact in halting the landward Japanese approach to Port Moresby, despite its relatively small scale. It is also worth noting that chronologically, the Kokoda campaign overlaps with the Guadalcanal campaign; both battles were key to setting the necessary conditions for an Allied counteroffensive in the Pacific by 1943


Second, given the geopgraphic scale of the fighting, it should be relatively easy to illustrate the movement of the units involved on a 3-D BEV map or a 2-D map. The 3-D maps in particlar would be excellent for depicting the rugged terrain.

 

Third, given the 4-5 month timeframe of the campaign, it should be relatively easy to fit this campaign into a 96 page format. I also think the ongoing operation at Milne Bay could also be included in this title, as well as the later battles for Buna-Gona during the allied counterattack.


Fourth, Osprey has never had a campaign title directly covering the New Guinea campaign. I'm thinking Mr. Stille, Mr. Rottman or Mr. Kostam would be especially suited to writing this kind of title.


All in all, I think this is a strong candidate. I know I'd buy it.

Posted on: 30/03/2020 04:41:25
Posted by: KAL9000
Total Posts: 55
Joined Date: Sunday, 18 March 2018
What do you all think?
Posted on: 07/04/2020 17:04:06
Posted by: PAUL W
Total Posts: 327
Joined Date: Sunday, 4 January 2015

I'd definitely buy it, sounds very interesting. 

Posted on: 11/04/2020 11:10:09

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