Kokoda - The Invasion
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From the corridors of power to the blood-stained battlefields of the Papua New Guinea highlands, Kokoda tells the story of the brutal World War II military campaign between Australia and Japan that changed the course of Australian history. Fought without mercy by foes with everything to lose, the ferocious battle…
Kokoda -The Counterattack
Part of the Series: Kokoda
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