World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Rabaul Pinchhed

On Christmas, only ten days after the landing at Arawe (TIME, Dec. 27), General Douglas MacArthur sent forth his second invasion fleet to New Britain, Jap rampart island in the Southwest Pacific. Arawe had been an Army party; there had been thin opposition, about 30 U.S. dead. The new landing was a bigger show, with the Navy as star performer for the first time in General MacArthur's Southwest Pacific theater.

From New Guinea a convoy of cruisers, destroyers and amphibious craft, led by Vice Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid, Southwest Pacific naval chief,...

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