The Pacific War Uncensored

A War Correspondent’s Unvarnished Account of the Fight Against Japan

Harold Guard

 
Date Published :
October 2011
Publisher :
Casemate
Editor :
John Tring
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 pages illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781612000640
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Harold Guard became a war correspondent quite by chance, after he had been invalided out of the navy following a submarine accident. Thereafter, working for United Press, he gained a front row seat to many of the most dramatic battles and events of the century.

In March 1942 Guard arrived in Australia, having narrowly escaped from Japanese forces invading Singapore and Java. His dispatches from that disastrous front prompted one observer to comment on "the crisis days when everybody except Harold Guard was trying to hush up the real situation.” At the time he was acclaimed by the Australian press as being one of the top four newspapermen covering the war in the Pacific.

Over the next three years Guard was to have many more adventures reporting on the Pacific War, including firsthand experience of flying with the US Air Force on 22 bombing missions, camping with Allied forces in the deadly jungles of New Guinea, and taking part in attacks from amphibious landing craft on enemy occupied territory. He also traveled into the undeveloped areas of Australia's northern territories to report on the construction of the air bases that were being built in preparation for defending the country against the advancing Japanese.

What made Harold Guard's achievements even more remarkable was that he was disabled, and had to walk with a stiff right leg due to his navy injury. Despite this he often reported from perilous situations at the front line, which gained him considerable notoriety within the newspaper world. Harold Guard always endeavored to give an honest account of what was happening in the war, and this often brought him into conflict with the military censors. He also courted controversy on returning to Britain, when he highlighted the deficiencies of the defensive strategy used by the British government in defending Singapore.

Harold Guard passed away in 1986; however thanks to years of work by his grandson John Tring in assembling his dispatches, private correspondence, telegrams, and audio accounts, the full story of Guard's experiences and observations during the Pacific War have been constructed. No longer subject to censorship, the starkly honest perceptions of how the Allies nearly failed and at last finally won the war can now be told.

About The Author
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Harold Guard became a war correspondent quite by chance, after he had been invalided out of the navy following a submarine accident. Thereafter, working for United Press, he gained a front row seat to many of the most dramatic battles and events of the century.Harold Guard passed away in 1986; however thanks to years of work by his grandson John Tring in assembling his dispatches, private correspondence, telegrams, and audio accounts, the full story of Guard’s experiences and observations during the Pacific War have been constructed. No longer subject to censorship, the starkly honest perceptions of how the Allies nearly failed and at last finally won the war can now be told.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Introduction

CHAPTER 1: Osiris
CHAPTER 2: A New Life
CHAPTER 3: Pre-War Hong Kong
CHAPTER 4: Singapore Defence
CHAPTER 5: Attack on Singapore
CHAPTER 6: Up Country in Malaya
CHAPTER 7: Escape from Singapore
CHAPTER 8: Escape from Java
CHAPTER 9: Australia
CHAPTER 10: Townsville
CHAPTER 11: Port Moresby
CHAPTER 12: The Northern Territories
CHAPTER 13: Wau (Wow)
CHAPTER 14: The War in New Guinea, Hans Christian Anderson and General MacArthur
CHAPTER 15: Lae Landings
CHAPTER 16: Passage to India
CHAPTER 17: The Fortune Teller Was Right
CHAPTER 18: Returning Home
CHAPTER 19: Post-War

Epilogue
Index

REVIEWS
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"Life under gathering war clouds is interesting. Some of the insights are not well known even today. This book is Mr. Guard's personal recollections and experiences. His bias and pros and cons concerning people and events make this work all the more fascinating. …Stories like this, from personal recollections, are a great addition to the official histories we have had for the first several post-war decades. They shed light on some events and support others. I highly recommend this book.

- Aeroscale UK, November 2011

"… well written, entertaining, and insightful. I found myself not wanting to put the book down... very enjoyable. Hollywood would do good to buy the movie rights and make an action adventure movie on Harold Guard's life. I strongly recommend the book.”

- Kepler's Military History, May 2012

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