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Fortress Fiji is 120 pages including maps, photographs, appendices and bibliography.

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fortressfijicoverFortress Fiji by Robert Lowry

Fortress Fiji is the story of Fiji in WWII. During the first two years of the war, Fiji had to be defended from the possibility of attack by German maritime raiders intent on disrupting trans-Pacific telecommunications and trade.

When Japan launched its surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941, Fiji became New Zealand’s outpost in the Pacific and a stepping stone on the ‘reinforcement line’ from the United States to Australia and the Philippines.

After Japan’s initial sweeping victories, they developed plans to capture New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa to rupture the ‘reinforcement line’ and prevent Australia becoming a base for an American counter-offensive.

Initially, Fiji strengthened its embryonic defences with the help of New Zealand and eventually a New Zealand infantry brigade was dispatched. When Japan entered the war, another brigade was dispatched and some United States assistance was provided. In July 1942, American forces assumed responsibility for the defence of Fiji (including the 37th and later the Americal Divisions) and many of the New Zealanders returned home but by the end of 1942, there were about 40,000 United States, New Zealand and Fiji troops defending Fiji.

‘Those of us living in Fiji early in 1942 were fully alert to likely invasion by enemy forces. Lowry has shown in this book how real that threat was. … By providing us with the facts, Lowry deserves our thanks. He has done a fine job.’
Sir Ian Thomson KBE, CMG, MBE, adjutant of the 3rd Infantry Battalion, Fiji Military Forces, 1942-45.

                                                      About the Author

robertLowryRobert Lowry grew up in Tasmania before joining the Australian army and served for 30 years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1993. During his army service he was posted to South Vietnam 1968-69, Singapore 1969-71, and Indonesia 1983-86 and developed an abiding interest in military affairs and politics.

Since 1993 he has been Acting National Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs 1993-94, Associate Director of the Australian Defence Studies Centre (ADSC) 1997, Senior Analyst for the International Crisis Group in Jakarta 2001, Adviser on National Security in East Timor 2002-03, and Chairman of the Fiji National Security and Defence Review 2003-04.

His educational attainments include BA (Asian Studies) ANU, MDefS UNSW, graduate of the Australian Staff College, and graduate of the Indonesian Army Command and Staff College. He was the Army visiting fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU, in 1992 and has had several visiting fellowships since then at ANU and the ADSC, UNSW.

He is author of The Armed Forces of Indonesia, Allen & Unwin 1996, and Fortress Fiji 2006 plus other monographs, book chapters, working papers and articles on Indonesian defence matters.

His interest in Fiji was stirred during his time there as chairman of the Fiji National Security and Defence review. The findings of the review were published in Safeguarding Peace & Prosperity, Fiji, 2004. He hopes that Fortress Fiji will help bring to light more information, stories and photographs of wartime Fiji that might be included in further publications.

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