World Battlefronts: Gunning for Salamoua

Australian and American artillery set the broad-leafed jungles aquiver last week as they roared an unexpected challenge to the Japs in Salamaua. Somehow through the jungles Allied 105s and other artillery had miraculously been lugged into position. With the aid of the guns Allied troops began storming the gates of the Japanese stronghold. Having chopped and shot their way through jungle to within five miles of it, they now needed artillery to battle for high ground.

The Japs, well knowing that loss of the commanding ridges above Salamaua would seal its doom, fought desperately. To counter the Allied guns they had a...