The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea--The Forgotten War of the South Pacific #2020

The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea--The Forgotten War of the South Pacific By James Campbell The Ghost Mountain Boys Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea The Forgotten War of the South Pacific Campbell brings to vivid life one of the forgotten grislier campaigns of World War II the Buna Trail campaign in New Guinea The Japanese were trying to get a foothold on the south coast of the islan
  • Title: The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea--The Forgotten War of the South Pacific
  • Author: James Campbell
  • ISBN: 9780307335968
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea--The Forgotten War of the South Pacific By James Campbell Campbell brings to vivid life one of the forgotten, grislier campaigns of World War II, the Buna Trail campaign in New Guinea The Japanese were trying to get a foothold on the south coast of the island, opposite Australia The American Thirty second Infantry Division had the job of driving them back over the Owen Stanley Mountain It succeeded, at the cost of thCampbell brings to vivid life one of the forgotten, grislier campaigns of World War II, the Buna Trail campaign in New Guinea The Japanese were trying to get a foothold on the south coast of the island, opposite Australia The American Thirty second Infantry Division had the job of driving them back over the Owen Stanley Mountain It succeeded, at the cost of than 10,000 casualties, four fifths of them from tropical diseases contracted in the face of heavy rain, astonishing depths of mud, rugged terrain, perpetually rancid weather, shortage of supplies including medicines , and, not incidentally, the Japanese The most poignant part of the book consists of the letters of an army surgeon who eventually committed suicide, but every part of the book entitles it to a berth in WWII collections.
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    1. James Campbell

      Author, adventurer and producer James Campbell is a native of Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife and three daughters He has written stories for Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Military History, Backpacker, Audubon, Field and Stream, and many other magazines and newspapers His first book, The Final Frontiersman was chosen by in 2004 as the 1 Outdoor title of the Year and one of the Top 50 books of the Year and by the Midwest Booksellers Association as one of the Top 2 nonfiction titles of the year His fascination with New Guinea and the war in the South Pacific led him to the story of the 32nd Division, the Ghost Mountain Boys, and his book of the same name In 2006, he followed the route of the Ghost Mountain Boys across New Guinea a journey that historians describe as one of the cruelest in military history and shot a documentary film in the process His story, Chasing Ghosts, about that expedition, which appeared in the May 2007 issue of Outside magazine, was chosen for The Best American Travel Writing 2008 The Ghost Mountain Boys Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea the Forgotten War of the South Pacific was chosen as a Book of the Month Club selection and History and Military BOMC selections It also won the 2008 RR Donnelley Literary Award, given for the highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author Campbell s newest book, Braving It A Father, A Daughter, and an Unforgettable Journey into the Alaskan Wild will be released by Penguin Random House in May 2016.Campbell is the co Executive Producer of the Discovery Channel series, The Last Alaskans, which was inspired by his first book, The Final Frontiersman.

    784 thoughts on “The Ghost Mountain Boys: Their Epic March and the Terrifying Battle for New Guinea--The Forgotten War of the South Pacific”

    1. I read this book because my father fought in the Battle of Buna Though not a Ghost Mountain Boy, he, too, was a Michigan farm boy who was sent off to New Guinea to fight the Japanese as a soldier in the 127th Infantry, Company L of the Army s 32nd Red Arrow Division Throughout the book, I could hear my dad s voice retelling the details of malaria, jungle rot, mud, torrential rain, poor or non existent food, death and miscalculated strategies that he and his fellow soldiers experienced The differ [...]


    2. The first time I ever heard of the Red Arrow division was from my father when I was a small boy A late uncle of mine was one of the reservists National Guardsman called up to fight the Japanese in New Guinea However, as my father explained, my uncle was unable to answer the call because he was bedridden with TB My dad ended that story with they the 32nd Division were wiped out somewhere in the Pacific I had wondered what happened to them ever since.This book is about ill trained and under equipp [...]


    3. The addition of veteran and veteran s families interviews in the many years since the war has deeply enhanced the history The official history and the early histories on this battle Lida Mayo s Bloody Buna focused on interviews with high ranking officers, leaving out the experiences of the lower ranks and the enlisted It is very difficult to get a truly unbiased view of the early battles of New Guinea because so much rivalry between MacArthur and his Australian Allies led to each disparaging the [...]


    4. This was an informative look at the Papuan campaign and it was interesting in that Campbell focused on several Soldiers involved in this campaign, but it could ve been so much better He really only scratched the surface of an incredibly brutal campaign which saw heroism on a daily basis from not only the infantryman, but the cooks and mechanics, as well The units involved were Michigan and Wisconsin National Guard regiments, and the author s lack of back story significantly limited the scope of [...]


    5. This non fiction tale of the 32nd division during the Pacific campaign of World War II was informative but a tad dry So many soldiers were discussed it was hard to keep track of them all and I hated MacArthur s callous disregard for life as portrayed in this book I actually found some parts of the source notes interesting than whole chapters of the text I did learn about the absolute importance of supply lies, communication and medical knowledge during war.


    6. The battle for Buna, New Guinea November 1942 through January 1943 , isn t as well known as others like Guadalcanal The 32nd Army Infantry Division National Guard was tasked with defeating a Japanese army poised for devastating strikes on Australia Unfortunately, the 32nd was poorly trained and supplied, and had to fight both the Japanese and the jungle MacArthur and other top brass grossly underestimated the strength and condition of the enemy, which, contrary to their belief was numerous and n [...]


    7. In The Ghost Mountain Boys James Campbell tells the story of the 32nd Division s campaign in New Guinea, their trek across the Owen Stanley range and the eerie Ghost Mountain, and their struggle to overrun the Japanese at Buna Campbell s account is excellent on a number of levels First, he does a very good job of personalising the story, tracking a number of Division members from senior officers to enlisted men, based on interviews, letters sent home and archival research We get to know the men, [...]


    8. In brief, the subject matter is fascinating, but the writing comes up short The story of what the men of the 32nd Division suffered through in 1942 43 on the island of New Guinea is amazing How the US Army thought they could dump a bunch of poorly trained and equipped midwestern farm boys into the jungles and mountains of New Guinea and expect them to be effective is mind blowing But they were effective Fighting alongside the Australians for coverage of whom, see Kokoda , they managed to push th [...]


    9. The battle for New Guinea was brutal jungle warfare Though Guadalcanal is much better known, the number of dead in New Guinea was three times larger than at Guadalcanal MacArthur was the commander, and one can see how he earned the derisive nickname of Dugout Doug While his men were fighting, he remained comfortably ensconced in a mansion some hundred miles away, devising plans for battle He never visited the battlefield to see what conditions were like As a result, thousands of Allied troops di [...]


    10. Well done book on a forgotten campaign Something I knew very little about, I knew of it but not the details The author does a good job of weaving the picture on the ground with first hand accounts and diary entries with the general overview from the command side Sadly yet another campaign where men and their lives were sacrificed on the altar of Douglas MacArthur s ambition and ego.


    11. Pretty good detaIled book on the battle for New Guinea and the soldiers who fought there The ineptitude of upper command who refused to provide them with the materials they needed, equipment, malaria drugs and heavy firepower to assault the Japanese positions.


    12. Marines are the better known marauders of the Pacific conflict However, as a West Point graduate let me know in no uncertain terms, the Army was there, too The Ghost Mountain Boys has as part of its title the terrifying battle and terrifying it was Ill trained Army National Guardsmen took on the Imperial Japanese Army Sustaining horrible losses and operating under unspeakable conditions, the American soldiers prevailed Forget the campaign and a feckless Douglas MacArthur, where do we get such me [...]


    13. This book brings the horror and sacrifice of these young men into bright focus, having traversed some of the same country for a short time as they did, without a 70 pound back on my back, it filled me with awe that these young men lived in these conditions without access to modern anti malarial drugs, in constant danger and for months on end That they were betrayed by General McArthur was unforgivable after the hell these men lived through.


    14. A decent enough book about a battle that nobody has ever heard about Another good example of how many soldiers went through total hell during WWII and then came home quietly How many stories like this have been lost because of a hero s humility


    15. I did not know the story of New Guinea and the 32nd division in WW II red arrow division I was only a chapter into this book when I went to the WW II Weekend at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum in Reading maam maamwwiiml I was waiting in line to get in the show on Saturday morning, and we had to move our line to let a car park A guy and his wife got out He was wearing the Red Arrow and 32nd division insignia so he let me take his picture and chat 5 minutes He was Sal Castro He briefly mentioned the h [...]


    16. This was a book that gave great insight into one of the lesser known campaigns in the Pacific during the war My grandfather was a member of the Red Arrow Division, which participated in the New Guinea campaign, but he never talked about the war Reading this, it was clear as to why This arm of the Pacific campaign was brutal Great book


    17. Good reading for World War Two history buffs Covers a little known battle for New Guinea where the jungle was as fierce an opponent as the Japanese soldier The author introduces the reader to the American soldier that was a friend and neighbor just down the street He puts a face on the price our soldiers paid to protect the freedom we enjoy today.


    18. 3.5 stars.I am a WWII buff and have never known much about the New Guinea battles It was and still is a forgotten part of the war, even though it was the setting for some of the toughest fighting and unbelievable human suffering James Campbell did a great job bring their story to light.


    19. I liked the book, but I found the jumping between intimate letters of the GIs and strategic considerations of the Pacific War to be a bit jerky at times Great descriptions of the hardships overcome by the soldiers The author did a really good job at the beginning switching between Japanese soldiers and Allied, and also at the end, but it seems like he forgot to keep doing that in the middle Perhaps he simply didn t have access to enough Japanese sources for that time period.



    20. On the back of the book, one of lines says Reminiscent of classics like Band of Brothers One of the other lines on the back of the book says, it is part war diary, part extreme adventure tale, and part biography The Ghost Mountain Boys focuses on people first and the battles second.One gets dumped right smack in the middle of theses units, and than once, one wonders how anyone survived at all one learns the character and attributes of many of these men, and one s heart saddens when they get sic [...]


    21. What prompted me to read this book has been a small interest in the WWII Pacific Theater.I have small bits and pieces from my mom regarding my grand fathers involvement in the pacific, and I was hoping this might give me an inside into it.Essentially, I know three things about my grandfathers involvement with WW2.1 He hated japs Certainly not a PC thing to say in 2013, but when I was 6 years old on his farm in Napa and he was drunk off his ass and I was in the barn with him while my parents were [...]


    22. The 32nd Division consisted of National Guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin, and reserve officers and draftees from around the country They were sent overseas without training and even the most basic supplies Their assignment was to march 130 miles over the Owen Stanley mountains and then sent in to assault the Japanese position two months of combat Campbell bases his book on letters, journals, and interviews, many conducted at an Old Timers reunion at Fort McCoy in 2005 There are mentions of [...]


    23. A forgotten part of World War II New Guinea a strategic island for the safety of Australia, this is where Douglas MacArthur went after he famously left the Philippines This is the struggle for the capture of the island from the Japanese forces a struggle conducted by very green American troops from the midwest as well as Australian forces MacArthur does not come off well here he seems very interested in his legacy and in winning victory at any cost and the costs are very steep He never really we [...]


    24. When I review a book, I don t give a synopsis of the storyline, but simply an explanation as to why I rated it what I did I ll be honest, I did not love this book and I did not find it amazing I had a hard time following it and found it tedious at times but that is mainly because battle and war themes aren t my genre of choice The book gives a very realistic look at this battle I gave it a 5 stars because my grandfather, Frank Jakubowski was one of the brave Red Arrow men who served in the battl [...]


    25. Oh I had such high hopes for this book, instead I find myself wrestling between 2 3 stars I continue on my historical fiction Non Fiction kick and perhaps I need a break as my last 3 books have been very highly rated on , yet have not quite cliked for mePerhaps this rating review is a reflection of me and where I am than upon the book itself.The story was a very cool and especially unique, I have never read or seen a book that tackled this side of the war although i am sure there are othersere [...]


    26. I had the pleasure of having christmas dinner with a man named Dan DeYoung 2 christmas ago He was one of the Ghost Mountain Boys He told my nieces and my sister, Mom and Hutch about his experiences in WWII in the South Pacific and also his developing relationship with this author and how he had been interviewed for this book I went to a book signing at a private home in Atherton last year with my brother in law and met the author and other veterans It is an unknown chapter of that World War and [...]


    27. When one reads WW II history in the Pacific theatre, names such as Guadalcanal, Bataan and the Philippines come most often up when referenced However, one of the worst experiences in that engagement with the Japanese for both American and Australian troops was on the island of New Guinea With a combination of rugged terrain, hot jungles, cold mist covered mountains, malaria, starvation, dysentery, jungle rot, black water fever, and all manner of other diseases these troops endured a living hell [...]


    28. I didn t not know it, but much like the Afghan and Iraq wars, there was in WWII a lot of National Guard units that were shipped off to a foreign war, much to the chagrin of the unit members The NG unit sent to Papua New Guinea was mostly Michigan citizens They were largely from the west side of the state Grand Rapids, Big Rapids, Muskegon, etc.One that features in the book is Hubert Schulte I wonder if he is a relation to me Any way, it is a fascinating tale of the brutal and overlooked chapter [...]


    29. Gripping book On the island of New Guinea during WWII, ill trained, ill clad, ill fed, and ill equipped men were sent to the southern part of the island to cross over the mountain ranges and through the unforgiving jungle to be able to attack the Japanese when they landed on the north General Douglas MacArthur does not come off well in this book sipping mint juleps on the veranda of a government mansion he s procured, firing battle commanders who don t have enough casualties, and never getting c [...]


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