Books: Fragments of an Epic

THE TOUGHEST FIGHTING IN THE WORLD—George H. Johnston—Duell, Sloan & Pearce ($3).

Australian Newshawk George H. Johnston went through New Guinea's green hell of fever-infested swamp and jungle and its red hell of dubious battle where men were shot, stabbed, bayoneted and blown apart without ever seeing the enemy concealed a few feet away. The Toughest Fighting in the World is Newsman Johnston's firsthand report from the inferno. Despite level stretches, the book contains some of the clearest reporting that has come out of the little-known New Guinea sector.

Johnston left Sydney for...

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