By Lois McMaster Bujold

This can be a comedy of terrors. A wealthy Komarran service provider fleet has been impounded at Graf Station, in far-off Quaddiespace, after a bloody incident at the station docks related to a safety officer from the convoy's Barrayaran army escort. Lord Miles Vorkosigan of Barrayar and his spouse, girl Ekaterin, produce other issues on their minds, akin to getting domestic in time to wait the long-awaited births in their first teenagers. but if responsibility calls within the voice of Barrayar's Emperor Gregor, Miles, Gregor's youngest Imperial Auditor (a distinctive high-level troubleshooter) has no selection yet to respond to. ready on Graf Station are diplomatic snarls, tangled loyalties, previous buddies, new enemies, racial tensions, lies and deceptions, mysterious disappearances, and a deadly mystery with wider outcomes than even Miles anticipates: a race with time for all times opposed to dying in scary new kinds. the disadvantage of being a troubleshooter comes while hassle starts off capturing again.

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In 1884, a British protectorate was proclaimed at Port Moresby in eastern New Guinea and, in the same year, the German Imperial flag was raised on the Island's northeastern coast. Fifteen years later, the Dutch finally established two permanent posts in the west, at Fakfak and Manokwari. The boundary with the British was settled in 1895, and with the Germans in 1910. It followed the 141° E line with the exception of a slight westward blip at the Fly River. In 1902 a post was founded at Merauke as an embarrassed response to complaints that the theoretically Dutch-controlled subjects regularly crossed the 141° E meridian to bring back British-administered trophy heads.

After two days of bitter fighting, with 760 Japanese deaths against 40 on the Allies' side, the strip fell. More 45 tough fighting was needed to secure the shores of Maffin Bay on the mainland near Wakde, essential as a forward staging area. S. casualties. The Tornado Task Force secured all important positions, but at the end of the war there were still some Japanese soldiers holed up in nearby Sarmi. Despite increasing Allied control of the air and sea lanes, the Japanese tried to send 20,000 troops to West Papua from China.

S. Air Force, with 1,200 planes, wiped out the Japanese air fleet at Sentani, destroying over 300 craft. Only 25 serviceable planes were left by the American pilots. The Hollandia campaign For the Hollandia landing, at the time the largest operation in the Pacific, MacArthur employed 217 ships and 80,000 men, led by 50,000 combat troops. The initial objective was to seize a coastal strip some 40 kilometers wide, between the landing points at Hollandia and Tanah Merah Bay. The lack of Japanese resistance was a godsend, as a chaotic debarkation took place amidst heavy rain and over difficult terrain.

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