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To the Jungle Shore: Australia and Amphibious Warfare in the South West Pacific Area, 1942-1945

Dean, Peter

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Amphibious warfare was critical to the success of Allied forces in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) during the Pacific War. However, at the beginning of the war both the Australian and United States forces in the SWPA had little knowledge, expertise, or experience in this form of warfare. This article traces the development of amphibious warfare in the SWPA through organization, training, tactics, doctrine, and operations. While focusing on the Australian experience and highlighting the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDean, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2022-05-25T05:14:06Z
dc.identifier.issn1949-8489
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/266332
dc.description.abstractAmphibious warfare was critical to the success of Allied forces in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA) during the Pacific War. However, at the beginning of the war both the Australian and United States forces in the SWPA had little knowledge, expertise, or experience in this form of warfare. This article traces the development of amphibious warfare in the SWPA through organization, training, tactics, doctrine, and operations. While focusing on the Australian experience and highlighting the evolution of capabilities between 1942-45 through an analysis of the assaults on Lae (1943) and Balikpapan (1945), it contextualizes this experience within General Douglas MacArthur's maritime strategy and the friction inherent in combined amphibious operations in this theater. The article highlights the evolution of the Australian Army from a force almost totally unfamiliar with the practice of amphibious operations to one which, in combination with its United States coalition partner, becomes a practitioner par excellence in this form of warfare.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherPacific War Study Group
dc.rights© 2014 The authors
dc.sourceGlobal War Studies
dc.subjectamphibious warfare
dc.subjectAustralia
dc.subjectBalikpapan
dc.subjectcombined operations
dc.subjectdoctrine
dc.subjectjoint operations
dc.subjectMacArthur
dc.subjectGeneral Douglas
dc.subjectSouth West Pacific Area
dc.titleTo the Jungle Shore: Australia and Amphibious Warfare in the South West Pacific Area, 1942-1945
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume11
dc.date.issued2014
local.identifier.absfor160604 - Defence Studies
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5530201xPUB478
local.publisher.urlhttps://www.universitypressscholarship.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDean, Peter, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage64
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage94
local.identifier.doi10.5893/19498489.11.02.02
dc.date.updated2020-12-27T07:38:13Z
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