World Battlefronts: The Bitter Little Battles

By far the greater part of the land fighting in the Pacific last week was being done by the Australians. Mostly they inched forward in bitter, forgotten little battles against a scattered but formidable array of Japs (best conservative guesstimate: 136,000—see map) bypassed in the westward sweep of the main battle. But the Aussies were punching ahead on new battlegrounds too.

Their most important and spectacular campaign was against an estimated 30,000 enemy troops on Borneo. It was also their most successful. Under the Corps command of dapper, dashing Lieut. General Sir Leslie ("Holy...

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