Operation Postern Battle to Recapture Lae from the Japanese, 1943

Operation Postern Battle to Recapture Lae from the Japanese, 1943

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Operation Postern The Battle to Recapture Lae from the Japanese, 1943 By I. Howie-Willis
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Japanese troops seized and brutally occupied New Guinea’s capital, Lae, for 18 months – until 16 September 1943. That day Australian soldiers retook the town against fierce resistance. Defeated, and after suffering huge losses, 8000 Japanese soldiers fled across the formidable 4000-metre mountains behind the town ; 2000 died on the nightmare trek.

‘Operation Postern’, the recapture of Lae from the Japanese, was a turning point in the Pacific War of 1941–1945. Until then, the Japanese believed they could retain the New Guinea mainland, yet after ‘Postern’ they retreated continually, making possible the success of all subsequent Allied campaigns in the South-West Pacific theatre. 

The Allied victory came at a high price – over 2000 casualties within a fortnight. Japanese losses were almost four times that many. How many Papua New Guinean village people died during the fighting is unknown, but very many did.

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Total Pages:
480

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