World Battlefronts: Night on Bougainville

The bald communiqué from Bougainville said: "Our ground forces enlarged their perimeter. ..." From that bleached and pickled bit of news, one Marine, back in Washington from the beachhead on Empress Augusta Bay, reconstructed a nightmare narrative. The story of stocky, red-haired Technical Sergeant Harold Azine, in civilian life a radio-program director, on Bougainville a combat correspondent:

Into the Jungle. One night, early in the Empress Augusta Bay operation, Sergeant Azine's company slipped into the jungle to hold a "road-block," an outpost guarding the approach to the Marines' beachhead. Miasmal swamp and forest hemmed the area. Most of the company bivouacked smack...

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