Some of the least known heroes of the New Guinea campaign in World War
II were the Australians who patrolled sparsely inhabited and little known
areas of of the territory in order to maintain friendly relations with
the natives in isolated villages and to watch the movements of the Japanese.
In 1942 and 1943, Peter Ryan, the author of this book, was one of those
men patrolling in the wild country of the Huon Peninsula, only a short
distance from Lae, then occupied in great strength by the enemy.
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.