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Overcoming Geography, but still Struggling with Terrain: Balikpapan, 1945

Pratten, Garth


On 1 July 1945, following what one veteran later described as a ‘magnificent display of firepower’,1 troops of the 7th Australian Division landed on the shores of the eastern Borneo town of Balikpapan, now part of the province of East Kalimantan in Indonesia. It was the last major amphibious operation of the Second World War, the largest ever conducted under Australian command, and involved one of the longest direct projections of Australian force to secure a hostile shore. In a volume...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Geo-Strategy and War: Enduring Lessons for the Australian Army


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