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US military middle of army historical past booklet 12-1-1. usa military in international conflict 2. textual content written and images compiled and edited by way of Kenneth E. Hunter and Margaret E. Tackley. features a selection of 500-plus images with textual content of the U.S. military in motion within the Pacific Theater of worldwide warfare 2.

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The Japanese had bases controlling routes to India, Australia, and many islands in the Central and South Pacif ic and were preparing for their next assaults against the Allies. ) CHINA JAPANESE TROOPS posed in the streets of Shanghai. The Japanese had been f ighting in China since the early 1930’s. During late 1941 and early 1942 Hong Kong and Singapore fell to the enemy along with Malaya, North Borneo, and Thailand. Control over the latter gave Japan rich supplies of rubber, oil, and minerals—resources badly needed by the Japanese to carry on the offensive against the Allies.

S. TROOPS ARRIVING IN AUSTRALIA. In March the headquarters of the Allied forces in the Southwest Pacif ic was established at Melbourne. The Netherlands East Indies had fallen to the enemy and it was necessary to build up a force in the Southwest Pacif ic area to combat the Japanese threat to Australia. With the Japanese blocking the sea lanes of the Central Pacif ic, a new line of supply to the Far East was established by way of the Fiji Islands, New Caledonia, and Australia. AUSTRALIA COAST ARTILLERY TROOPS entraining at Melbourne, March 1942.

S. and Japanese Navies inflicted damage on surface ships and both lost aircraft in the battle. The opposing forces withdrew at about the same time and the action can be considered a draw. Following this battle the enemy no longer tried to send troops to Port Moresby by sea, an advantage to the Allies who began to develop the area of northeastern Australia and New Guinea. Instead, the Japanese sent troops overland to drive on Port Moresby and by 28 July 1942 had captured Kokoda, key to the mountain pass through the Owen Stanley Range.

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