The greatest victory


The battle in the Southwest Pacific was arguably one of the most significant of World War Two. Prompted by a discovery in his parents’ attic, John E Happ examines the campaign, brought to life by his pilot father's words

After sheltering six children, a grandmother and my parents over the span of some 40 years, our house has been apprehensively cleaned out, the contents distributed among us or dumped, and it was put on the market. However, a lingering curiosity was stirred when a mysterious leather case, found stored in our long-ignored attic, came into my possession. It was stamped on the face of it in gold lettering ‘Navigation: Dead Reckoning’ and marked TYPE A 4, with specification numbers, order numbers and the name ‘NATIONAL BRIEFCASE MFG CO INC’. 

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