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Coast Watching In The Solomon Islands

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The Bougainville Reports--by Jack Read, Paul Mason, and other coast watchers--are vivid accounts of the coast watching activities on Buka and Bougainville Islands in the Solomon Islands chain during World War II and describe in detail one of the most successful intelligence operations of the war. By the time war came to the South Pacific on December 8, 1941, an excellent intra-district communication network had already been established on Bougainville. A daily system of radio reporting was put into effect by Lieutenant Commander Eric Feldt, who later wrote: Few realized that when the first waves of United States Marines landed on the bitterly contested beaches of Guadalcanal, coast watchers on Bougainville, New Georgia, and other islands were sending warning signals of impending Japanese air raids almost two hours before enemy aircraft formations appeared over the island. Japanese shipping and aircraft activity was monitored and news of spottings was telegraphed to Guadalcanal Headquarters. Information on shipping was directly responsible for the American victory in November 1942, when 12 Japanese transports, loaded with reinforcements, were intercepted and destroyed. Jack Read summarized his activities as follows: Reviewing the course of our operations, we can see that coast watching on that most northerly peg of the Solomons had fulfilled its mission long before we were driven out--and to a far greater effect than even we realized. During the early and uncertain days of the American struggle to wrest Guadalcanal from the Japanese, the reports and timely warnings from Bougainville were directly responsible for the enemy's defeat. Admiral William Halsey praised the work of the coast watchers and said that the intelligence information from Bougainville saved Guadalcanal and that Guadalcanal saved the South Pacific. These edited reports tell the remarkable story of Read, Mason, and other coast watchers and depict their struggles for survival in the Japanese-patrolled jungles of Bougainville. They provide a fascinating account that will intrigue historians, World War II and espionage buffs, and students.


Death Of The Island Fox A Mystery

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Dillon and Lane are surprised and pleased when Lane's Uncle Jim offers them the use of his new 40' Chris-Craft for their trip to Catalina Island and honeymoon cruise to San Diego's Mission Bay. Uncle Jim is a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy and a father figure to Lane and her sisters. The couple, accompanied by two family members, sails to Catalina Island where the remainder of their small family on both sides joins them for a fun weekend, which culminates in a Saturday evening wedding. After the wedding, Uncle Jim has the newlyweds drop him off on the north side of nearby San Clemente Island on their voyage to Mission Bay. Lane and Dillon reluctantly agree, feeling guilty over his generosity. After delivering Uncle Jim to the island, the newlyweds slowly motor south along the isolated far coast of the island, when suddenly they are both knocked off the deck and into the water. The boat, still in gear, heads ghostly towards Mexican waters. Dillon manages to get them safely to shore, and working together they find food and shelter. After days of being marooned on the island, they find a hysterical young woman calling and searching for her Australian boyfriend. The couple had been camping illegally on the beach with their sailboat anchored nearby. Dillon and Lane soon become embroiled in a web of deceit, international conspiracy, unexplained death, political and naval corruption, kickbacks, and missing persons.


On Russia's Wild Island

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The journey to Russia's Sakhalin Island by ferry from Northern Japan takes about six hours, but it's a voyage that spans decades. With history hanging in the air, author D.G. Hilton travels by land and sea with his wife to the birthplace of her father, who as a boy fled to Japan to escape advancing Soviet forces. Together, they explore southern Sakhalin (known as Karafuto in Japan) in an old 4X4, and discover a land of living history, stunning natural beauty, and proud, colorful people. Long disputed by two great nations technically still at war and prized for its rich natural resources, Sakhalin Island is an adventure travel destination unlike any other.


South Africa And The Communist International

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This publication is a comprehensive selection of unique documents pertaining to the Communist Party of South Africa (CPSA) from the formerly closed archives of the Communist International, a powerful international Communist organization which operated from Moscow in 1919-1943. These reveal the complex history of relations between South Africa and Moscow Communists in the 1920s and 1930s and disclose both the official and covert methods which the Comintern used to control and manipulate the international communist movement.
The documents also shed light on debates within the CPSA, of internal problems of the party and on its strengths and weaknesses. The issues in question, such as CPSA's approach to the nationality problem in South Africa, its understanding of the link between class and colour in South African society and its vision of goals and character of the national liberation movement are still pertinent today.


Treasure Island

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Pirates everywhere with the most disorganized bunch led by Long John Silver. The jokes are worse than ever and the treasure is disappointing to say the very least!! This is one of a series of pantomimes and shows from TINSEL TURMOIL PRODUCTIONS. Each script contains about a dozen main characters and there are suggestions for set pieces, music, dance etc to allow the purchaser the chance to use as many people as they want! There are no performance fees and the script can be adapted within reason to bring in any local names or people if required. Enjoy!



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