Standing Together: New Guinean Villagers and the Pacific War in the Huon Peninsula

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Abstract

Christine Winter (2019) Standing Together: New Guinean Villagers and the Pacific War in the Huon Peninsula, The Journal of Pacific History, DOI: 10.1080/00223344.2019.1676149
This article analyses the struggle of civilians at the home front during the Pacific War (1941–45). The home front under analysis is the Huon Peninsula, a strategically important stretch of coastline on the New Guinea mainland. From late 1941 the Huon was a ‘borderland’ of overlapping colonial rule, partly occupied by Japanese forces, still patrolled by Australian coastwatchers, and serviced by (three) remaining German missionaries. This article places New Guinea villagers as the central focus of the story by using rare documents written by village elders during and shortly after the war as the central documentation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-359
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Pacific History
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

Keywords

  • Pacific islands
  • World War II
  • Papua New Guinea
  • civil–military relations
  • Germany
  • Australia
  • USA
  • Japan
  • Lutheranism
  • Christianity
  • Death
  • Food

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