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The Resource The bone man of Kokoda, Charles Happell

The bone man of Kokoda, Charles Happell

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The bone man of Kokoda
Title
The bone man of Kokoda
Statement of responsibility
Charles Happell
Title variation
Bone man of Kokoda
Title variation remainder
the extraordinary story of Kokichi Nishimura and the Kokoda Track
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Summary: "Kokichi Nishimura was a member of the 2nd battalion, 144th Regiment of the Japanese Imperial Army. In 1942 he fought along every foot of Kokoda as the Japanese attempted to take Port Moresby. He was the only man from his company to survive the campaign. As he was evacuated to safety he made a promise that one day he would return to his comrades and bring them home to Japan for proper burial. After the war, Nishimura prospered. But under the surface, the driving ambition of his life was to fulfil his promise. In 1979, he shocked his family by returning to New Guinea to search for the remains of Japanese soldiers. For the next 25 years, Nishimura lived alone along the Kokoda Track. Armed only with a metal detector, a mattock and a shovel, he searched for his dead comrades. Over the years he found hundreds of them and some he was able to identify and return their bones to their families; others were unknown, and their remains were sent to Japan's official shrine for its war dead in Tokyo. In 2005 Nishimura, now in his mid-eighties and seriously ill, was forced to return to Japan. His story is an incredible adventure that gives us a radically different viewpoint on a battle that has become part of our national myth. Nishimura's life and quest above all offer a poignant reminder of the futility of war."--Publisher description
Cataloging source
ANL
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Happell, Charles
Dewey number
940.5426
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Nishimura, Kokichi
  • Japan
  • Soldiers
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Repatriation of war dead
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Kokoda Trail (Papua New Guinea)
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The bone man of Kokoda, Charles Happell
Instantiates
Publication
Contents
Kochi Warrior -- 1. Skull -- 2. Childhood -- 3. The soldier -- 4. New Guinea -- 5. Brigade Hill -- 6. Retreat -- 7. White pork, black pork -- 8. Home -- 9. Work -- 10. Holdouts -- 11. Family -- Bone Man -- 12. Touchdown -- 13. Breaking ground -- 14. The lunch box -- 15. Ippongi -- 16. The sailor -- 17. Ashes -- 18. Relics -- 19. Skull II -- 20. Government man -- 21. Return -- 22. Imanishi -- 23. Reunion -- 24. Sachiko -- Epilogue. Last sighting -- Appendix. The list of Brigade Hill dead
Control code
000042468657
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 272 p. [16] p. of plates.
Isbn
9781405038362
Isbn Type
(pbk.) :
Other physical details
ill.
Label
The bone man of Kokoda, Charles Happell
Publication
Contents
Kochi Warrior -- 1. Skull -- 2. Childhood -- 3. The soldier -- 4. New Guinea -- 5. Brigade Hill -- 6. Retreat -- 7. White pork, black pork -- 8. Home -- 9. Work -- 10. Holdouts -- 11. Family -- Bone Man -- 12. Touchdown -- 13. Breaking ground -- 14. The lunch box -- 15. Ippongi -- 16. The sailor -- 17. Ashes -- 18. Relics -- 19. Skull II -- 20. Government man -- 21. Return -- 22. Imanishi -- 23. Reunion -- 24. Sachiko -- Epilogue. Last sighting -- Appendix. The list of Brigade Hill dead
Control code
000042468657
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 272 p. [16] p. of plates.
Isbn
9781405038362
Isbn Type
(pbk.) :
Other physical details
ill.

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