World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF AUSTRALIA: Beyond the Wall

The Japanese last week set about placing themselves where they can try to take Australia or leave Australia alone.

Aussies used to think that they had a protecting screen in the islands which lie off Australia's northern and eastern shores: New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, the Solomons, the New Hebrides, New Caledonia. But in Japanese hands these islands could be either invasion steps toward Australia or walls between Australia and the U.S. If Australia is thoroughly walled in, the Japanese can take their time about invading it and turn against India or Russia...

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