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OT Fortress Rubaul - 9/28/2012 6:53:35 PM   

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Hey there folks, anyone know of this book? It's by Bruce Gamble. Here is the amazon writeup:

For most of World War II, the mention of Japan's island stronghold sent shudders through thousands of Allied airmen. Some called it “Fortress Rabaul,” an apt name for the headquarters of the Imperial Japanese forces in the Southwest Pacific. Author Bruce Gamble chronicles Rabaul’s crucial role in Japanese operations in the Southwest Pacific. Millions of square feet of housing and storage facilities supported a hundred thousand soldiers and naval personnel. Simpson Harbor and the airfields were the focus of hundreds of missions by American air forces.

Winner of the "Gold Medal" (Military Writers Society of America) and "Editor's Choice Award" (Stone & Stone Second World War Books), Fortress Rabaul details a critical and, until now, little understood chapter in the history of World War II.

Thanks in advance for your input... Hal

Edit, fixed the spelling, sorry about that..

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RE: OT Fortress Rubal - 9/28/2012 6:58:41 PM   


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Yes, I highly recommend the book. I wish he taken the story to the end of the war. Very good account of Butch O'Hares air battleEast of Rabaul in February 1942.


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RE: OT Fortress Rubal - 9/28/2012 7:25:22 PM   

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When I saw the subject of your thread I thought you might be talking about fortress Rupaul. Just teasing. Now you're going to edit it and I'll look like an idiot. Oops, it's too late.

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RE: OT Fortress Rubal - 9/28/2012 7:29:43 PM   

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Hi Hal,

I have the book and read it within the last year. It does a nice job of expressing the difficulty of mounting an Allied air war from P/NG against Lae and Rabaul early in the war. Quite a bit of time spent on the logistics of B-17 night bombing, efficacy of fighter cover and logistical nightmares associated with the back-and-forth air war.

Worthwhile read that covers an under-reported aspect of the war against Japan.


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RE: OT Fortress Rubal - 9/28/2012 7:57:42 PM   

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good book

Covers the air losses of the Port Morosby P-39's and Kittyhawks as well. It also provided a good in depth description on how the skip bombing tactics and trainings were developed.

Its only weaknesses are that it tends to jump around chapter to chapter which can cause confusion and it's post 1942 coverage is sparce.

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RE: OT Fortress Rubal - 9/28/2012 9:00:58 PM   

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Thanks all, this is great input. Looks like I know what I'm reading next!

Geoff, I actually had the same thought after I posted thinking that it could be taken as a talk about Rubaul (despite my bad spelling!) even with the OT in front.... sigh.

Checkenboy and others, one thing I found great about Broken Sword was that it took the Japanese perspective and turned things on their collective heads... does this book try to relay things from the Japanese point of view, or is it all about Allied forces????

And again thanks all, I really appreciate you taking the time to respond.

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RE: OT Fortress Rubal - 9/29/2012 9:51:24 AM   

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Yes, I highly recommend the book. I wish he taken the story to the end of the war. Very good account of Butch O'Hares air battleEast of Rabaul in February 1942.


Title is a bit misleading since Rabaul was developed into a fortress in the later time period not covered by the book, but that is nitpicking. The author has hinted in the book that there might be a follow-up on the 1943-44 period. Check out


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