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Battle of Buna–Gona

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The 32nd Red Arrow Division at the Battle of Buna

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GIs with Japanese prisoners and dead Japanese on a beach in Buna, New Guinea duri...HD Stock Footage

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"Battle of Buna-Gona" Pacific Theater 1943 - WWII MOC

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Japanese routed from Buna stronghold

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Buna-Gona Tank

The Battle of Buna–Gona was part of the New Guinea campaign in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. It followed the conclusion of the Kokoda Track campaign and lasted from 16 November 1942 until 22 January 1943. The battle was conducted by Australian and United States forces against the Japanese beachheads at Buna, Sanananda and Gona. From these, the Japanese had launched an overland attack on Port Moresby. In light of developments in the Solomon Islands campaign, Japanese forces approaching Port Moresby were ordered to withdraw to and secure these bases on the northern coast. Australian forces maintained contact as the Japanese conducted a well-ordered rearguard action. The Allied objective was to eject the Japanese forces from these positions and deny them their further use. The Japanese forces were skillful, well prepared and resolute in their defence. They had developed a strong network of well-concealed defences.
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