BATTLE OF AUSTRALIA: No Jap Stands Idle

Port Moresby, the Allied base on the south coast of New Guinea, is more than the United Nations' last pitiful foothold in the rich empire of the Indies: it is a thorn in the paw of the Jap, By repeated bombings he has tried to shake it out. Last week he committed himself to a new operation: he would pluck it out with the bayonet.

His first step was to move a landing force from his ill-selected, oft-bombed positions at Lae and Salamaua (see map), barred from Port Moresby by great mountains. He...

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