The story of the five battles that changed Australia forever. This compelling narrative incorporates hundreds of interviews with the soldiers of the A.I.F and the young Militia conscripts who fought at Kokoda, Milne Bay, Gona, Buna, and Sanananda in 1942 and 1943. Also revealed is the inside story of how Generals MacArthur and Blamey and other senior Australian commanders sacrificed many of their senior field commanders as scapegoats to protect their own positions; and how false legends were created by lies. Many of the interviews were conducted by the author, who also travelled to the battlegrounds. Illustrated with black and white photographs and maps.