The Royal Australian Navy and MacArthur
By 1945, General Douglas MacArthur's forces had advanced from Papua to the Philippines and Borneo. The vast majority of the troops, supplies, and equipment for this campaign were transported by sea, and MacArthur's success was based on 22 amphibious assaults. Soldiers and Marines did the ground fighting and MacArthur's air forces eventually ruled the skies, however it was the ships of the United States and the Australian navies that delivered them to the battlefronts and provided the necessary support. This book reveals the little reported facts of the Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) involvement with MacArthur's battle operations. The RAN commanded all the hydrographic surveying for MacArthur's shipping and amphibious assaults, and it shouldered the major responsibility for protecting MacArthur's convoys. The RAN bombarded enemy positions, drove off Japanese reinforcements, harassed enemy coastal shipping, all while it's Coast Watchers collected crucial intelligence. Its ships shuttled troops and equipment, rescued downed airmen, and swept enemy mines, while Australian sailors fought and died in battles against kamikaze aircraft in the Philippines. Wherever MacArthur's troops fought, the RAN was there. When the fighting stopped, the RAN facilitated the surrender of Japanese forces and finally brought Australia's troops home.
Publication Date: 9/1/2009