By Judith A. Bennett
Formidable in its scope and scale, this environmental background of worldwide warfare II levels over rear bases and operational fronts from Bora Bora to New Guinea, supplying a lucid research of source exploitation, entangled wartime politics, and human perceptions of the tremendous Oceanic surroundings. even supposing the war's actual impression proved major and many times enduring, this learn exhibits that the tropical setting provided its personal demanding situations. on the middle of "Natives and Exotics" is the author's research of the altering visions and perceptions of our environment, not just one of the thousands of fighters, but additionally one of the Islands' peoples and their colonial administrations in wartime and past. Judith Bennett finds how prewar notions of a paradisiacal Pacific organize hundreds of thousands of american citizens, Australians, New Zealanders, and jap for grave sadness after they encountered the truth. She indicates that gadgets frequently thought of certain from environmental issues (souvenirs, cemeteries, battle memorials) warrant additional exam because the emotional quintessence of occasions in a selected position.
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Guide necessary along this ill-defined track. Ground subject to flooding and very muddy. Visibility 10 yds SIPEGULA is a village inland – inhabited. SIUAKE is deserted but recognized by clump of coconut trees. Track X is believed to be unknown to Japs therefore extreme caution necessary to keep well off beach before reaching turn-off. Is very hard to pick up. KEPERO Creek 10 yds W 3’ D. Log crossing poor flow. Walking on beach very heavy. Lagoon X approx. 200 yds long 120 yds wide slightly brackish; known as TOKORO.
General Bernard Montgomery Most Pacific islands were little-known to their wartime invaders. In films and fiction, the South Seas had been fantasized paradoxically as both free from and in need of the constraints of “civilized” societies, not only socially, but also environmentally. The Pacific islands largely lacked the physical structures and transformed landscapes that the invaders believed were technological markers of their own civilizations, but they were little prepared for this. An alien environment and the exigencies of war forced the invaders to recalibrate their mental pictures of imagined landscapes.
48 Yet other considerations could compromise this. Some Polynesian Walliseans were found to have a high level of TB, filariasis, leprosy, and dengue fever when the Americans arrived, partly because of the neglect for years by the 33 34 Chapter 2 Figure 2. In iconic “grass skirt,” young Samoa Siva dancer gives substance to Hollywood’s elusive South Seas dream, entertaining the marines, Apia, c. 1943 (courtesy of Apia Museum). ” The word “gook” alone was a label of derision on anyone with dark skin.