World: Outworn Welcome

Slowly the Australians from the southwest and the Americans from the southeast pressed the Japs in New Guinea back to the sea. Airpower, artillery and sound planning were winning the campaign for the Allies. For the Japs, it was New Guinea's jungle, tougher and hungrier than any they had seen before, which was losing it. This time the Japs underestimated the jungle and wore out its welcome.

Fifty-six days after they landed in New Guinea last August, the Japanese were only 32 air miles from Port Moresby. But they had advanced too fast. They were weakened by starvation and dysentery.

When the reinforced...

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