World Battlefronts: Movers & Moved

The man moving was the man likeliest to be killed. Those who were motionless in the New Guinea jungle were Japanese. Those who moved were Americans and Australians. The Japanese had cut down coconut palms, roofed their pillboxes with tree trunks, piled the roofs high with sand-filled rice bags. Machine-gun slits and gun bays gave out from cleverly constructed trenches radiating from the pillboxes.

In the shadow-barred jungle the motionless men said: "You must come in to kill us." Since September U.S. and Australian troops had been moving in to do it. Not until light tanks, 13-ton General Stuarts, were brought into...

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