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Target: Rabaul: The Allied Siege of Japan's Most Infamous Stronghold, March 1943 - August 1945

Zenith Press, 2013, 35 black & white photographs.

As the final book in Bruce Gamble’s esteemed trilogy on the War in the Pacific, Target: Rabaul takes over where Fortress Rabaul, the second book, ends – and completes the story of the 44-month air war over Japan’s most notorious stronghold.

Fortress Rabaul: The Battle for the Southwest Pacific, January 1942 - April 1943

Zenith Press, 2010; 416 pages, 32 black & white photographs. 

In the second volume of the Rabaul trilogy, award-winning historian Bruce Gamble chronicles the stronghold’s crucial role in Japanese operations during the first sixteen months of the war. Millions of square feet of housing and storage facilities supported a hundred thousand soldiers and naval personnel. Simpson Harbor and the airfields were the focus of hundreds of missions by Allied air forces. Fortress Rabaul details a critical and, until now, little understood chapter in the history of World War II.

Invasion Rabaul: The Epic Story of Lark Force, the Forgotten Garrison, January - July 1942

Zenith Press, 2014; 304 pages, 30 black & white photographs.

Invasion Rabaul is a gut-wrenching account of courage and sacrifice, folly and disaster, as seen through the eyes of the few members of Lark Force who survived the Japanese invasion in January 1942. Gamble follows key individuals—soldiers and junior officers, an American citizen and an Army nurse among them—through their experiences in Lark Force. Their stories comprise a harrowing picture of the Australian forces overrun and driven into the jungle, prey to the unforgiving environment and a cruel enemy that massacred its prisoners.

Swashbucklers and Black Sheep: A Pictorial History of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II

Zenith Press, 2012; 216 pages, heavily illustrated

Black Sheep expert Bruce Gamble draws on years of research and personal interviews with VMF-214 veterans for Swashbucklers and Black Sheep, as well as wartime diaries, reports, and photographs, including rare color shots of the squadron. Dramatic paintings, some specially commissioned for this book, capture the squadron in action in the air and their camaraderie on the ground.

Black Sheep One: The Life of Gregory "Pappy" Boyington

Presidio Press, 2000; 440 pages, 32 black & white photographs.

Black Sheep One is the first biography of legendary warrior, lover, drinker, and World War II hero Gregory Boyington. Blessed with inveterate luck, the stubbornly independent Boyington lived a life that went beyond what one might expect in the most imaginative fiction. An exhaustively researched true story, Black Sheep One will amaze readers while standing as a cautionary tale.

The Black Sheep: The Definitive Account of Marine Fighting Squadron 214 in World War II

Presidio Press, 1998; 496 pages, 32 black & white photographs.

The first comprehensive account of VMF-214 in World War II, The Black Sheep is a detailed combat narrative filled with fascinating personal vignettes about the men who manned the most famous fighter squadron in American history.

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