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Battle of Milne Bay

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The Battle of Milne Bay (1943)

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(Graphic 18+) Australian and Japanese WW2 Veterans - War footage - New Guinea, Kokoda, Borneo

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Battle of Milne Bay 70th Anniversary Commemoration

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Winds of Steel: Battle of Milne Bay September 1942

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Murray Willing - Battle of Milne Bay

The Battle of Milne Bay, 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. Elite Japanese naval troops, known as Kaigun Tokubetsu Rikusentai, with two small tanks attacked the Allied airfields at Milne Bay that had been established on the eastern tip of New Guinea. Due to poor intelligence work, the Japanese miscalculated the size of the predominantly Australian garrison and, believing that the airfields were only defended by two or three companies, initially landed a force roughly equivalent in size to one battalion on 25 August 1942. The Allies, forewarned by intelligence from Ultra, had heavily reinforced the garrison.
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