New Guinea: Pacific Snowball

Just as Indonesia and The Netherlands got to the conference table for some quiet negotiation of their dispute over Dutch New Guinea, warfare flared again along the coast of the humid Pacific island.

Dutch marines discovered a band of 30 In donesians on Waigeo Island off New Guin ea's western tip; the Indonesians aban doned their food and ammunition and fled.

A reconnaissance plane spotted an Indo nesian schooner suspiciously close to New Guinea and chased it away with gunfire.

To the Dutch, Indonesia's activity in the area seemed suspiciously like the prel ude to a full-scale invasion, and they rushed...

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