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Fear Drive My Feet is an extraordinary tale of survival. Peter Ryan, then 18, spent a year alone, fighting against the Japanese in the jungle of New Guinea with nothing but his wits and the tenuous support of the local people.

Fear Drive My Feet is an extraordinary tale of survival. Eventually the Japanese became too dominant and Ryan had to flee across highlands of New Guinea - a dangerous feat in itself.

He finds beauty in the rugged mountain landscapes of New Guinea, and admires the charm and resourcefulness of its people.

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A dozen men would have been enough to carry our gear, but we were surrounded by a throng of people, all anxious to help.

A dozen men would have been enough to carry our gear, but we were surrounded by a throng of people, all anxious to help d buckets and other light articles and fell into line with the men carrying the heavier loads.

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Fear was Ryan's constant companion. Fear Drive My Feet is an impressive story of endurance and quiet courage. It also gives an unforgettable picture of the beauty of New Guinea and of the charm and nobility of its people. One fee. Stacks of books.

For the work he describes in this book, Peter Ryan was awarded the Military Medal and mentioned in dispatches

For the work he describes in this book, Peter Ryan was awarded the Military Medal and mentioned in dispatches. Peter Ryan has been a newspaper columnist, the director of Melbourne University Press and an officer of the Victorian Supreme Court. He was an intelligence operative behind enemy lines in New Guinea in World War II.

Peter Allen Ryan MM (4 September 1923 – 13 December 2015) was a newspaper columnist, author, World War II spy, director of Melbourne University Press and an officer of the Victorian Supreme Court. The son of a World War I veteran and VFL footballer,. The son of a World War I veteran and VFL footballer, Emmett Ryan, Peter Ryan was educated at Malvern Grammar School, near his home in Glen Iris in Melbourne's eastern suburbs.

This is the story of one of the Australians who patrolled isolated parts of New Guinea during World War II, in dangerous proximity to the enemy- but far from the aid of their own forces. The hardships of patrolling in the jungle were many, and one of the worst aspects was the continuous uncertainty of where the Japanese would be found -- in front, behind, or waiting in the next village. Fear was a constant companion, and danger when it came had to be faced by men already tried almost to the limits of their physical strength. This book tells an impressive story of endurance and quiet courage. It also gives an unforgettable picture of the savage beauty of New Guinea, and of the charm and nobility of its people at their best.

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Tojahn
This book is a record of personal experience in New Guinea, and was written very soon after the events which it describes. It is a great read. Don't expect gung-ho battles. The author's mission was reconnaissance of Japanese positions and movements, and pr with primitive, but intelligent and pragmatic natives. He covered huge distances through dreadful country, mostly on foot, and faced grave danger from the elements and from treachery. Of the treachery he was not at all bitter, understanding the dilemma of the people involved. Added to these difficulties was the paucity of equipment; imagine that job with no radio! I was puzzled about the author's position within the army. He was still in his teens when sent to New Guinea, yet owned to the "rank" of sergeant-major. I always understood that "sergeant-major" is an appointment, not rank, and why a solo intelligence gatherer in the field would have that appointment baffles me, but I am not doubting the authenticity of his account of events. Elsewhere he refers to himself as a warrant officer (which most sergeant-majors would be). He must have been a very intelligent and highly regarded soldier to hold that rank at his age.
Elildelm
This is a great read about the war in New Guinea and the men who saved Australia. The man Peter Ryan is an example of the ability of the human spirit to adapt to difficult circumstances. and come out alive. I have read this 3 times over the last 36 years. I gave my well worn 1959 edition to a friend. I spent 8 years in the neighboring Madang Province and patrolled similar terrain and observed some of the relics of the war. In appreciation of the hardships on both sides I left them to continue rusting.
I am now 76 years old and count this book as a profound and inspiring read and will keep until I can not longer read.
kolos
Very interesting and moving account of the author's adventurous time in the remote parts of Papua New Guinea during WW2, acting as a sort of observer and organiser of resistance to the Japanese.
IGOT
Fear Drive My Feet is an extraordinary tale of survival. Peter Ryan, then 18, spent a year alone, fighting against the Japanese in the jungle of New Guinea with nothing but his wits and the tenuous support of the local people. Eventually the Japanese became too dominant and Ryan had to flee across highlands of New Guinea - a dangerous feat in itself.

Apart from the tale of survival, the book is notable for its anthropological insights into the New Guinean people. Given Ryan's age, he showed incredible maturity and wisdom. His survival was a testament to his ability to appreciate the culture of the various New Guinean tribes instead of seeing them as primitive peoples.
Made-with-Love
Quite simply one of the most exciting reads possible about one man on a large island (Bougainville) and the Japanese Army that gradually hems him in.
Plenty of heartstopping moments and many times after putting it down, you ask yourself... "what would I do.....?"
Jungle, deep inpenetrable, rough trails which traverse the island over high mountain ranges, waiting for resupply from air at night on a lonely hilltop, knowing that if you die, you die alone --- it is all here.
A shame books like this are not written anymore.
Cala
I was given a very old,battered Trash and Treasure copy of this book, and frankly was not interested in WW2 stories.However, one day I started it and within a page or too my heart was pounding with fear and exertion, mozzies were biting and it was steaming hot, hot, hot. I became the 18 year old (18! Good grief!, a mere baby ,a schoolboy) sent by a ignorant command into largely uncharted , enemy controlled desperatly physically difficult territory, and ALONE! What madness, but thank goodness Peter Ryan survived to tell the tale so brilliantly. and to have a distinguished career in academic publishing. A friend of a friend was able to get my copy autographed for me, quite a thrill.
Thordira
This book by Peter Ryan is amazing. A story of one man patrolling in New Guinea in WW2 with natives, trying to obtain as much information as possible about the enemy, while working behind the enemy lines for more than a year. Highly recommended.
Fear Drive My Feet download epub
Humanities
Author: P. Ryan
ISBN: 0522837271
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Melbourne Univ Pr (June 1, 1974)
Pages: 248 pages