However, the tide was about to turn. On Sunday 6 SeptemberJapanese land forces suffered their first conclusive defeat at the hands of the Allies. At Milne Bay in Papua, a predominantly Australian force fought for two weeks to successfully defend a vital airstrip against a determined Japanese invasion.
Milne Bay is home to almost five hundred islands, ranging from typical tropical islands and atolls through to huge volcanic and continental islands.
It is situated at the easternmost inlet on the coast of mainland Papua New Guinea, and gives good access to coral reefs and diving. With no roads connecting it to the rest of the world, it truly is a quiet piece of paradise. It has some of the richest marine biodiversity in the world, and is fast becoming an established mecca for divers, as well as a destination for game and sports fishermen.
Alternatively, one can hire a boat and explore the nearby islands, or take a local cultural cruise. The provincial capital, Alotau, is a busy port with fascinating markets, and amazingly friendly people who widely speak English. The town is the gateway to the Milne Bay Province, which contains some of the most remote island communities in the world.
The battle is often described as the first major battle of the war in the Pacific in which Allied troops decisively defeated Japanese land forces. Milne Bay is 35 km long and 15 km wide, a sheltered deep-water harbour, edged on both sides by the Stirling Range, with a narrow coastal strip to the north with sago and mangrove swamps.
Village tours introduce you to local art forms, handcrafts, dances, village living, and happiness. When you visit, bring gifts — T-shirts, medical supplies, and school materials.Learn About the Battle of Peleliu, Waged in , During World War II.
The battle of Milne Bay (25 August-7 September ) was the first defeat suffered by Japanese land forces during the war in the Pacific, and prevented them from establishing a .
The battle for the Allied airbase at Milne Bay in New Guinea between 25 August and 7 September was a milestone in the War in the Pacific. For the first time the seemingly unstoppable Japanese military was forced to retreat, beaten back by a joint Australian and America force.5/5(1).
Australian troops had, at Milne Bay, inflicted on the Japanese their first undoubted defeat on land. Some of us may forget that, of all the allies, it was the Australians who . The Battle of Milne Bay (25 August – 7 September ), also known as Operation RE or the Battle of Rabi (ラビの戦い) by the Japanese, was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II.
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