Harold Guard became a war correspondent after he had been invalided out of the navy following a submarine accident. Thereafter, he gained a front row seat to many of the most dramatic battles and events of the century. In March 1942, he arrived in Australia, having narrowly escaped from Japanese forces invading Singapore and Java. His dispatches from that disastrous front prompted one observer to comment on 'the crisis days when everybody except Harold Guard was trying to hush up the real situation.' Over the next three years he was to have many more adventures reporting on the Pacific War, including firsthand experience of flying with the U.S. air force on 22 bombing missions, camping with Allied forces in the deadly jungles of New Guinea, and taking part in attacks from amphibious landing craft on enemy occupied territory. He also travelled into the undeveloped areas of Australia's northern territories to report on the construction of the airbases that were being built in preparation for defending the country against the advancing Japanese. Harold Guard passed away in 1986; however thanks to years of work by his grandson John Tring in assembling his dispatches, private correspondence, telegrams, and audio accounts, the full story of Guard's experiences and observations during the Pacific War can finally be told.

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