AWM 0163368 (Australian War Memorial)
American marines head down a Papuan beach to board the landing ships that will carry them to their invasion beaches at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, December 1943. The amphibious assault by the 1st Marine Division encountered minimal Japanese resistance and the Americans quickly carved out two enclaves where forward air bases were built. With these bases in place the Americans were content to defend their newly won positions and made no attempt to extend them.

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