By Audrey Davidson and Battle Survivors

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After Audrey's visit to Bougainville and the battlefield at Porton Plantation in 2002, she met survivors of that battle who gave graphic descriptions of the short and bloody encounter.
Audrey's father had been killed at Porton in 1945.

Further research revealed that Porton was a futile and unnecessary operation with a casualty rate of 56 per cent and it was never made public.

Audrey decided to tell the story in this book using the Official Reports and eye-witness testimonies of the survivors.

Lt. Col. D. Moffett, a former CO of the 31st Battalion, said:- "There are lessons to be learned from the mistakes in battles like this one - that there is not sufficient contact between the ranks, and a lack of appreciation by upper command of the needs of the men in the field. I hope this book brings the message to the attention of all in the Armed Forces who progress up through the ranks."


The Battle that vanished


Soft cover, 175 pages, includes photographs


You can purchase your copy of this very interesting book from Boolarong Press



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