World Battlefronts: The Road to Rabaul

In the bitterest days on Guadalcanal a year ago, Marines used to refer to the frequent runs of Jap destroyers carrying men and supplies down the Solomons as the "Bougainville Express." Last week the Express was running again—but it was a U.S. Express and it ran the other way. Toward the end of the week the Japanese began coming out to meet the Express. The results were rough.

The invasion of Bougainville by the U.S. Navy and Marines under Admiral William F. Halsey and Lieut. General Alexander Archer Vandegrift was a big step forward...

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