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Path of Infinite Sorrow by Craig Collie


Path of Infinite Sorrow by Craig Collie

'We were all skin and bone, as if our stomachs were stuck to the inside wall of our back.' Two armies, Japanese and Australian, each in turn pushing the other back along a muddy, precipitous track over the mountainous spine of New Guinea. Few prisoners were taken, most were shot. War conventions were routinely flouted, by both sides. Troops were reduced to a primal level, such were the inhuman conditions in which battles were waged. This was the Kokoda campaign of 1942. The Australian experience of Kokoda has been told often and told well. The Japanese, however, remain the shadowy enemy lurking in the dense undergrowth, better known for atrocities than their participation in battle. The Path of Infinite Sorrow tells for the first time the story of the campaign from the Japanese point of view. Based on personal accounts and the recollections of six Japanese soldiers, this powerful re-examination of Kokoda brings a new perspective to one of the most brutal conflicts in Australian war history.


A major contribution to the literature of the war in the Southwest Pacific. -- The NYMAS Review

About the Author

Craig Collie and Hajime Marutani met when they worked on the production team of Beyond Kokoda, the award-winning documentary series screened on The History Channel in Australia.Craig Collie has been a television producer for over 35 years. In 2011 he authored Nagasaki. He lives in Sydney.Hajime Marutani is a translator-interpreter and was a researcher for the Australian War Memorial's Australia-Japan Research Project. He is currently pursuing Japan-PNG trade projects in Papua New Guinea. He lives in Tokyo.

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Publication date

3rd January 2012


Craig Collie

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Allen & Unwin


332 pages


Second World War
Battles & campaigns



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