BATTLE OF AUSTRALIA: Unfinished Business

In the lower reaches of the southwest Pacific, where he had been successful beyond belief, the Jap still had a lot of unfinished business on his books. Until Douglas MacArthur and his Australian and Dutch allies were richer in the specie of war, they would have to be content with joggling the Jap's elbow and spilling ink over the accounts on the most profitable page of his ledger.

So the United Nations command hung grimly to its toehold on the near side of the vast island of New Guinea (one-tenth the area of the U.S.) and strove to shake loose the...

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