World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: A Letter to Tojo

Cagey as a boxer readying a blow or parrying a punch, Japan shifted its weight in the South Pacific. On the eastern side of New Guinea, the Japs had been pushed back. Now fresh troops and supplies were being pushed forward into bases farther west — Timor, Amboina, the Aru Islands and New Guinea's western shore.

Bombers manned by U.S., Australian and Dutch crews struck at three transports off the Aru Islands, two other convoys near western New Guinea. Timor and Amboina were raided.

It was too soon to plumb the Japanese mind. But as South Pacific fighting went into its...

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