Australia, Papua, and New Guinea had long attempted to keep indigenous peoples out of the armed forces altogether, but with the threat of Japanese invasion Native servicemen were now being employed for contributions that were unique to their cultures, serving as guerrilla patrollers, coast-watchers, and regular soldiers.
Defending Whose Country? is a comparative study of the military participation of Papua New Guineans, Yolngu, and Navajos in the Pacific theatre during the Second World War. In examining the decisions of state and military leaders to bring indigenous peoples into military service, as well as the decisions of indigenous individuals to serve in the armed forces, Noah Riseman reconsiders the impact of the largely forgotten contributions of indigenous soldiers in the Second World War.
Hard cover, 304 pages.