World Battlefronts: Battle of Australia: On the Way

The precious time won from the Jap in the victory of the Coral Sea was running out. Soon he would strike again, and this time he might plow through to New Caledonia or to Australia's sparsely held coasts.

In the U.S., wishful thinking after the battle had set spirits soaring, sent many a U.S. citizen flying to the double-wrong conclusion that the war was being won in the south Pacific as well as in Europe. Australians knew better. The Jap had been thwarted before but he always came back for more, because he always had more reserves close by than the...

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