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Army operations in the South Pacific area: Papua campaigns, 1942–1943
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Chapter 1: Offensive against Rabaul and key surrounding areas
Strategic issues concerning Rabaul
Basic preparedness for the offensive
Geographical description of Rabaul and the condition of the Allied forces
Operational preparations
The offensive
The conclusion of fighting
Consequences of the capture of Rabaul
Chapter 2: The advance to the Solomon Islands and eastern New Guinea
Operational plan by Imperial Headquarters
Offensive operations in Lae and Salamaua
Occupation of strategic areas in the northern Solomon Islands and Admiralty Islands by the 4th Fleet
The air war of attrition
Sea-route invasion of Port Moresby
Outline of the battle of the Coral Sea
Chapter 3: Planning and cancellation of the United States–Australia blockade operation
Imperial Headquarters’ conception of stage two operations
Preparations for the Fiji and Samoa Operation by Imperial Headquarters
Formation of the 17th Army
Cancellation of the FS Operation
Chapter 4: Commencement of the overland-route offensive on Port Moresby
Ri Operation Study
Transition from an advance by sea to the advance by land
Formation of the 8th Fleet and disposition of the units
Operations of the 25th Air Flotilla
Plans of Imperial Headquarters in early August
Chapter 5: Thrust through the Owen Stanley Range and the offensive operations at Rabi
Landing at Buna by the main strength of the South Seas Force
Thrust through the Owen Stanley Range
Offensive operations in Rabi
Allied preparations for counter-offensives in New Guinea
Retreat of the South Seas Force
Leadership by Imperial Headquarters
Chapter 6: Retreat to Buna
The fighting withdrawal of the South Seas Force
The Allied counter-offensive
Chapter 7: Commencement of command of the 18th Army
The struggle to hold Buna, and its consequences
Chapter 8: Withdrawal operations from the Buna area
Withdrawal from north and south Giruwa
Various issues raised by the withdrawal from Giruwa
End of the Buna force


Pacific region

Solomon Islands

Rabaul Area

Port Moresby

Milne Bay


Campaign maps

South Seas Force Rabaul offensive
(23 January 1942)

Battle around Isurava
(2631 August 1942)

Overview of the Rabi offensive
(24 August . 5 September 1942)

Battle south of Efogi
(78 September 1942)

Battle around Ioribaiwa
(1316 September 1942

South Seas Force deployments near Gap
(26 October 1942)

Overview of South Seas Force deployments near Oivi
(38 November 1942)

South Seas Force positions
(early December 1942)

Overview of Buna Garrison battles
(30 November 1942 . 1 January 1943)

Buna Detachment positions
(early January 1943)

Key to map symbols
Translated by: Dr Steven Bullard

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