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Map illustrating New Guinea’s strategic location in the Southwest Pacific in 1942, from the U.S. Army Center of Military History brochure ‘Papua’.

A U.S. Army anti-aircraft gun crew man a three-inch M3 anti-aircraft gun at Girua Airport during the Battle of Buna–Gona, photographed by John A. Moore (December 17, 1942). The battle began on November 16, 1942, when Australian and U.S. forces attacked the main Japanese-held beachheads in New Guinea at Buna, Sanananda and Gona near Dobodura in Oro Province, Territory of Papua (now Papua New Guinea).

Location of the Kokoda Trail within Territory of Papua, 1942. The highlighted area is shown in the map below

Native litter bearers evacuate an American casualty across the Driniumor River in New Guinea, 1944. (US Center of Military History)

Royal Australian Army - Infantry in Pacific


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American grave, Guadalcanal, 1942.

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Considering that the Japanese army during WWII starved & killed Allied prisoners, this shows true compassion for another human being. Australian stretcher bearers help a Japanese prisoner with malaria captured near Nauro in 1942.

Esercito Imperiale Nipponico 1942