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As the author explains in his preface, in order to give his work a different slant from books already published on the Australian and New Zealand contributions to BCOF, he decided to cover the period from 1939 to 1952 in order to highlight the disputations and differences on military and political issues between the principal players that complicated the planning and administration of the occupation as a whole--hence the sub-title of this book.
As a veteran, Davies has an interest in the details of the organisation of BCOF, the duties required of its various sections and the people involved.
In his final section, Retrospection, Davies has a chapter on the peace treaty-making and one on the lengthy, and eventually successful, fight for recognition of their service as military by BCOF veterans in Australia and New Zealand.
Davies' approach to the subject of BCOF is not in the form of a personal memoir, but rather as a scholarly study.
The survey of events during the war is useful, but the author does not fully succeed in explaining how the actions and events during the war shaped BCOF's task, or the Commonwealth-Imperial relationship upon which BCOF's structure was based.
He had been admitted to BCOF General Hospital in Kure, Japan on 29 April, some three days after being wounded.
The author tells of his experiences with BCOF in Japan and his service with 3 RAR in Korea, up until he was wounded.
Over the next 6 months this was expanded to encompass many other display items relating to BCOF, the Korean War, Malayan and Borneo campaigns, Vietnam as well as Australian involvement in UN peace keeping operations in various countries including Cambodia and Somalia.
He was able to present to them the views of General Macarthur in respect of the command structure being put in place for the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces of Japan (BCOF).
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