World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF AUSTRALIA: Guess

Another great battle was coming in the south Pacific. The United Nations had reports that a Jap task force was assembling in the Marshall Islands, a round 2,500 miles southwest of Pearl Harbor, 2,100 from Australia's northern tip. From there the Jap could hit at the U.S.-Australia supply line, at the islands (close to that route) east of Australia, or even at Pearl Harbor itself. From there also he could sweep down and join the New Guinea-New Britain forces in an assault on Australia.

Faced with these dispositions, Douglas MacArthur in Australia, Admiral Chester Nimitz at Pearl Harbor, and all the...

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