Australian Army Campaign Series No. 29: Australia's First Campaign, the Capture of German New Guinea 1914
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 208 pages
Author: R. Stevenson
Other: b&w & colour photos, maps, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Army History Unit
The Australian campaign to seize German New Guinea in 1914 is one of the forgotten episodes of the First World War. Preceding the Gallipoli landings by seven months, this remarkably successful amphibious operation was the very first of its kind undertaken by the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army. The campaign was also everything the Gallipoli campaign was not: the New Guinea operations were planned and executed by Australian officers, the fighting was short, sharp and successful, and it was a highly effective use of military force, achieving its operational objectives at a remarkably low cost and serving Australian strategic interests in a direct and tangible way.
This volume of the Army History Unit’s Campaign Series describes how a novice navy and army planned, mounted and launched a complex joint operation over 3300 kilometres from their mounting base and defeated or forced the withdrawal of German naval and land forces posing a direct threat to Australia and New Zealand.
"Australia’s First Campaign" presents a fresh examination of the evidence from a range of participants, providing a thoroughly researched and readable account of the Australian military’s first joint operation. The volume is supported by more than 100 illustrations and includes a useful guide for those wishing to visit the battlefield today.
Measurements and Place Names
1. Peaceful Penetration
2. The Realisation of Ambitious Hopes
3. A Great and Urgent Imperial Service
4. Opening Moves
5. Day of Battle
6. No More 'Um Kaiser
7. An Affair of Continuous Good Luck?
Appendix 1. Chronology
Appendix 2. Naval and Military Ranks
Appendix 3. Australian Order of Battle
Appendix 4. German Order of Battle
Appendix 5. Colonel William Holmes' Appreciation of the Situation
Appendix 6. ANMEF Operation Order Number 1
Appendix 7. Terms of Capitulation of German New Guinea
Appendix 8. The Battlefield Today