For most of World War II, the mention of Japan's island stronghold sent shudders through thousands of Allied airmen. Some called it â€œFortress Rabaul,â€? an apt name for the headquarters of the Imperial Japanese forces in the Southwest Pacific. Author Bruce Gamble chronicles Rabaulâ€™s crucial role in Japanese operations in the Southwest Pacific. Millions of square feet of housing and storage facilities supported a hundred thousand soldiers and naval personnel. Simpson Harbor and the airfields were the focus of hundreds of missions by American air forces.
Winner of the "Gold Medal" (Military Writers Society of America) and "Editor's Choice Award" (Stone & Stone Second WorldÂ War Books), Fortress Rabaul details a critical and, until now, little understood chapter in the history of World War II./div