World Battlefronts: New Bases on New Georgia

The New Georgia group of islands (see map, p. 28) appeared last week to be the Japs' newest hope as a spot from which either to reinforce Guadalcanal or to delay an eventual U.S. attack on Rabaul. For either purpose, the group is ideally suited —a halfway station between Bougainville and Guadalcanal.

One reason for the failure of all Jap attempts to reinforce Guadalcanal strongly has been the lack of an intermediary airfield between the Bougainville group and Guadal, from which the Japs could send land-based fighters to protect convoys moving down "The Slot."...

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