Wanpela Books

   Wanpela Books is a publishing company that deals with the Pacific and World War II. It was founded in 1994. Currently we have four titles available. New is the internet's only Pacific Wreck Database and No Surrender: Japanese Holdouts hosted on this website. Read the first chapter of each book as a PDF file! Read before you buy it. You will need the Free Adobe Acrobat viewer to sample.


No Place For A Picnic

 A graphic novel about the WWII Army career of Carl Thien. Written and illustrated by his 16 year old grandson, the book takes a new approach to the past using cartoon drawings to tell Thien's unique story.

The Search for Molly Mallone

   A novel spanning three generations of pre and post World War II society. Follow the adventures of Australian woman Molly Mallone on the island of New Guinea.

56th Signal Battalion

  A personal narrative about volunteering for military service during the peacetime draft of 1941. Training at the US Army base at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, is described.

Pacific Island Odyssey

   A view of the war from Australia to the Philippines 1942-1945, filled with photographs and maps. A view of the war through the eyes of an I Corps photographer.


   CD-ROM version of 56th Signal Battalion, Pacific Island Odyssey and The Search for Molly Mallone. All books in Adobe PDF format.