PBS ed., n.d., (c.1970's/80's). Xiv + 222 pp., 32 photo-plates + 9 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The gruelling seven-month campaign from 22 July 1942 - 22 January 1943, for the recapture of Buna (on the north coast of New Guinea) was a turning point in World War II. Neither General MacArthur nor the Japanese High Command foresaw the impossible conditions under which the historic showdown was to take place – ceaseless rain, dense steaming jungle, rusting mud, malaria and insects. MacArthur, himself undermanned and ill-informed, engaged his feeble forces in a campaign that was to decide not only the future of Australia but that of the entire Southwest Pacific.