US Army Campaigns of World War II New Guinea (US Army Campaigns of World War II (Illustrated), #9) [NOOK Book]

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The campaign on New Guinea is all but forgotten except by those who served there.

Most still remember the famous battles, Midway, D Day, France – Mainly from the movies that still play on Veterans Day each year. But the War was truly for the first time a Multi-Continent World War. What of the US Army actions in Burma, Ryukus, Alaska and the sands of Egypt.

Think the Island hopping done throughout the Pacific was a Marine affair? Not only was ...

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US Army Campaigns of World War II New Guinea (US Army Campaigns of World War II (Illustrated), #9)

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Overview

The campaign on New Guinea is all but forgotten except by those who served there.

Most still remember the famous battles, Midway, D Day, France – Mainly from the movies that still play on Veterans Day each year. But the War was truly for the first time a Multi-Continent World War. What of the US Army actions in Burma, Ryukus, Alaska and the sands of Egypt.

Think the Island hopping done throughout the Pacific was a Marine affair? Not only was the Army the lead force in the Philippines, but also small Islands in the Central and Western Pacific, crawling into landing craft and storming beaches.

This series of books was commissioned to document with Photographs, Maps and Words the service of our Army during this critical time in history.

Allied operations in New Guinea were essen-tial to the U.S. Navy’s drive across the Central Pacific and to the U.S. Army’s liberation of the Philippine Islands from Japanese occupation. The remorseless Allied advance along the northern New Guinea coast-line toward the Philippines forced the Japanese to divert precious ships, planes, and men who might otherwise have reinforced their crumbling Central Pacific front.

New Guinea is the second largest island in the world. Its north coastline extends nearly 1,600 miles from twelve degrees south lati-tude to just south of the equator. A major mountain range cuts across the island’s center from the eastern end of New Guinea to Geelvink Bay on the west and makes passage overland through the jungled mountains by large units nearly impossible. The lee of the mountain-ous spine, around the Port Moresby area, is wet from January to April but otherwise dry. On the windward side, scene of most of the ground fighting during 1942–1945, rainfall runs as high as 300 inches per year. As one veteran recalled, “It rains daily for nine months and then the monsoon starts.”

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