World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Feelers Crushed

The only "front line" left in the Southwest Pacific war is in the New Guinea jungle, where small handfuls of garrisoning Allied troops continue a gradual encroachment on Jap outposts. Most advanced of these outposts is the native village of Mubo, which straddles the only practicable land route to Salamaua and Lae. Near by, on Lababia ridge, Allied patrols have established some of the fixed positions gained in weeks of skirmishing.

Up this ridge one day last week swarmed Jap jungle fighters in greater force than they had mustered for some time. Anticipating attacks on Salamaua and Lae, they were...

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