The War in the South Pacific

Images of War from Wartime Archives by Jon Diamond

One of the larger in the ‘Images of War’ series and for good reason; the War in the South Pacific was long and bitter and was well-documented and as a result a lot of photographs were taken. From the point that the Japanese invaded in the Solomon Islands in May 1942 the fight to push them back would be long, brutal and cost many thousands of lives. While the United States were the main player in this grim campaign, they were supported by Australian, British and New Zealand forces with Army, Navy and Air Force playing their part from all.

The author has done a great job of squeezing this long campaign into the 236 pages which is broken down into six chapters. These are an overview, stepping stones to Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Bougainville, Japanese counter and Australian action. As you can imagine the range of photographs presented is diverse and in many cases very graphic as the inescapable death toll mounted right to the end. With that range in mind, if you like modelling anything from this theatre of war, then this book should be part of your reference library.    

Thanks to Charlie Simpson at Pen & Sword for our review copy.


ISBN: 978-1848847613

Price: £14.99

Pages: 236

Format: softback – 245mm x 190mm

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military