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by Martin J. Kidston

Author Martin J. Kidston has written the compelling, and until now untold, story of courageous young Montanans in the Pacific during World War II.

Kidston shares the soldiers sometimes humorous, often chilling, and always fascinating accounts of the years they spent fighting the Japanese after the historic bombing of Pearl Harbor. The stories are collected from personal journals, news stories, and survivor interviews. Kidston also recounts how the 1,500 young men left their hometowns in Montana and adapted to combat in the jungles of the South Pacific, the coast of Australia, and the islands of the Philippines.

More than a tale of war, From Poplar to Papua is a tribute to an entire generation of men and women who saw the nation through one of its most important eras.

*Includes a list of names of the officers and enlisted men of the Montana National Guard, 163rd Infantry Regiment, inducted into the U.S. Army in September and October 1940. (Courtesy of the Montana Military Museum)

Download From Poplar To Papua: Montana's 163rd Infantry Regiment in World War II epub
ISBN: 1560373237
ISBN13: 978-1560373230
Category: Biographies
Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
Author: Martin J. Kidston
Language: English
Publisher: Farcountry Press; First edition (September 1, 2004)
Pages: 192 pages
ePUB size: 1291 kb
FB2 size: 1238 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 400
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I enjoyed this look at Montana her sons who went to war. A very nice look at Montana and the midwest during a time of stress and trouble for our country. The combat stories are real and resonant with the times. I recommend this book, it is a good look at a generation that is moving from memory to history. This is a forgotten war in many respects. The Marines and Navy get most of the ink for their battles against the Japanese. These Army campaigns were brutal and were often more classic land battles than some of the sharp fights in the Pacific Ocean Areas. Shows how a group of men from the heartland learned to battle the Japanese as well as the elements. An interesting look at how the US Army was able to field and train effective field forces to fight in North Africa, Europe as well as the Pacific. A tribute to the men from the National Guard who made up the core of the unit and how they adapted to the rigors of war "on the edge of the empire". A must read for those readers interested in the US Army in WW2.
This book was recommended as a valuable research item for an oral history on which I'm working. It dealt with the WWII experiences of the infantry regiment in which my narrator served. Unfortunately it focuses almost exclusively on the editor's interviews with men who had served with the regiment from 1940 until the end of the war. My narrator was a reserve National Guardsman and did not enter active duty until after the attack on Pearl Harbor. While it was only marginally useful for my purposes, I did find it a vivid account of the experiences of the guardsmen. It is suspenseful and "personal"; and anyone interested in the recovery of New Guinea should find it very helpful.
I am enjoying this WWII book. easy reading and with personal insights. I haven't finished it yet but find it amazing how our young boys could fight in such conditions and finally win. I love the personal notes of cutting up the soldiers did. They thought up some great capers.
A lot of the things in it I had heard while growing up from my our father and a lot of the guys in the 163rd.
This is a very good book. It gives a detailed account of the activities of Montana's 163rd Infantry Regiment from training, to combat. It draws heavily off of personal journals kept by the soldiers, so you can expect it to be pretty accurate. It tells about many of the more humorous happenings, as well as some of the not so humerous happenings. Some of the events are somewhat unbelievable.
On the other hand, it doesn't have all that much action, which is the main reason I don't give it 5 stars.
All in all, whether you are just interested in accurate, non-fiction wartime history, or are just from Montana (like I am) and interested in the role of Montanans in the war, this is a good book to read. Read and enjoy.