Operation Squarepeg: The Allied Invasion of the Green Islands, February 1944 (Paperback)
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Operation Squarepeg: The Allied Invasion of the Green Islands, February 1944 (Paperback)

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Paperback 221 Pages / Published: 30/11/2017
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In late January 1944 a force of New Zealand soldiers and Allied specialists undertook a daring, behind the lines reconnaissance of the Japanese-held Green Islands of Papua New Guinea. The Japanese contested the invasion with air power and inflicted heavy damage on the American cruiser USS St. Louis. After a successful landing, the New Zealanders pushed inland and encountered fanatical Japanese defenders entrenched in thick jungle.

After the island was secured, Allied engineers - including the famed Seabees - built airfields, roads and shipping facilities. The seizure of the Green Islands completed the encirclement of the main Japanese base in the South Pacific at Rabaul. A memorable but overlooked action of the Pacific War, ""Operation Squarepeg"" involved a diverse force of Allied sailors, soldiers and airmen that included Charles Lindbergh and future president of the United States Richard Milhouse Nixon.

Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
ISBN: 9780786478385
Number of pages: 221
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 7 mm

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