In WWII New Guinea, GUINEA GOLD's brief was to present news to all troops "in the field" and to avoid editorial comment. It published for 1320 continuous days, without missing a single edition. The front and back pages concentrated on current world news, including major sporting events. Page 2 was generally devoted to extracts from Australian and US newspapers. Some news was obtained by taking shorthand notes of short-wave radio bulletins from Australia, the U.S. and the B.B.C. At its peak, distribution was 37,000 to US forces and 27,000 to Australian forces, daily. That's 34 million copies in two years. Maximum readership was estimated at 800,000.
This SPECIAL retrospective edition was created as my father thought it important enough to keep ten copies in his footlocker once he made it home from his war.
My father was assigned to MacArthur's HQ, originally in Brisbane, and thereafter to Hollandia, Tacloban and Manila. Along the way he collected several souvenirs, of which these GUINEA GOLD newspapers are a historic highlight.
Two editions are being released - the normal print-on-demand dead-tree printed versions (available in a choice of soft-cover or hard cover with dust jacket) and this eBOOK Version. The hard cover version includes one of the ten original GUINEA GOLD copies, in all its aged magnificence.
Retired Corporate Lawyer, Insolvency Specialist Consultant, Web Author, Publisher.
Through the Corregidor Historic Society and, more recently the 503d PRCT Heritage Regiment., Paul presents thirteen publications, all connected in some way with Corregidor and the US Armed Forces in the SWPA during WWII.
He started developing the Corregidor.Org website about the 1941-42 siege and the 1945 retaking of Corregidor as a penance for being an insolvency lawyer. Now retired, he has produced ten websites, more than a dozen Military History books, and has co-produced, with Peter Parsons, the documentary of the 1945 retaking of Corregidor - "CORREGIDOR - THE ROAD BACK. He married Rosie in 1980, has three adult children, and hates cats. He lives between two shores, Corregidor and Brisbane, Australia.