BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: 500-Mile Hop

"Their situation reverses Bataan."

With this statement General Douglas MacArthur this week charged off the 142,000 Japs still alive (out of an original estimated 250,000) in the Southwest Pacific.

The General's statement appeared in a communique announcing that Allied troops had made another landing on the coast of New Guinea, for which MacArthur has been fighting 18 months. But the three-pronged landing (at Hollandia, Aitape and Tanahamera Bay) appeared more important than the early captures of Buna, Lae, Salamaua and other key points on the tortuous New Guinea coast.

It was a 500-mile...

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