174 pages, 74 black & white photos, 6 maps, index, bibliography.
The Fourth Ally is not an exhaustive study of the role of Dutch forces in the Pacific theatre during World War II. The author acknowledges this, stating that he was attempting to make known the story of Dutch Australians, not to write an official campaign history. This he does capably, interspersing anecdotes and pictures from Dutch servicemen with an explanation of the larger campaigns of the war. The selection of which personal stories to include seems to be determined by who the author had met among the former Dutch servicemen.
The strengths of this book are several. First, the subject is one that has yet to be covered adequately in English so this book is a useful addition to the literature. Second, the use of personal stories and pictures gives the book a flavor that is lacking in conventional military history writing. Third, the book is well illustrated with 71 black and white photographs plus six maps and four other illustrations. Fourth, the story is easy to follow and smoothly expressed, again something not always found in books on military topics.
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