The Campaign on NEW BRITAIN 1952 (U.S. Marine Corps) 1960

The Campaign on NEW BRITAIN 1952 (U.S. Marine Corps) 1960

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THE CAMPAIGN on NEW BRITAIN 1952. By Lt. Col. Frank O. Hough, USMCR and Major John A. Crown, USMCR, Historical Branch Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1960.

 

New Britain Island (Papua New Guinea)

 

The New Britain campaign was a World War II campaign fought between Allied

and Imperial Japanese forces. The campaign was initiated by the Allies in late 1943 as part of a major offensive which aimed to neutralise the important Japanese base at Rabaul, the capital of New Britain, and was conducted in two phases between December 1943 and the end of the war in August 1945.--Wikipedia

 

The truth is that nothing was easy on New Britain. Jungle, swamp and mountain combined with atrocious weather to multiply problems of time and space. Then, too, the Japanese held an inestimable advantage in their familiarity with the terrain -- an advantage which they exploited with no little skill. It took maneuver on our part to cope with this phalanx of difficulties, and before the fighting ended it had sprawled over more territory than any other Marine campaign of the war. There is no such thing as a "light" casualty list, and more than 300 Marines paid with their lives in New Britain's fetid jungle. But viewed in the light of numbers engaged, ground gained, and enemy losses, it was not a costly victory. On the contrary, the fighting that ranged from Cape Gloucester to Talasea ranks as one of the most economical operations in the entire Pacific.--Foreword

 

Former U.S. ARMY USAADS Library, ex-library book with numbers at the spine and the bottom front corner. A weakened joint at the inside cover with some bumps to the cover edge and frays at the spine ends. Includes several fold-outs throughout. Illustrated hardcover book with 220 pages.