Papuan Campaign: Buna-Sanananda Operation

American Forces in Action Series commemoration of the Papuan Campaign.

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This commemorative report was originally published as part of the American Forces in Actions Series by the Military Intelligence Division of the U.S. War Department in mid-1944. According to the foreword written by George C. Marshall,

“AMERICAN FORCES IN ACTION is a series prepared by the War Department especially for the information of wounded men. It will show these soldiers, who have served their country so well, the part they and their comrades played in achievements who do honor to the record of the United States Army.”

This example, marked “FOR USE OF MILITARY PERSONNEL ONLY”, is the second of the series, and covers the beginning of the Allied counterattack against Japanese forces on New Guinea. The Battle of Buna–Gona lasted from November, 1943 to January, 1944 and saw vicious jungle fighting between inexperienced American troops and well-defended Japanese positions.

A summary of the campaign is supplemented by a number of maps, charts, illustrations, and photographs. Images of the hidden defense networks and indigenous Papuans working as porters or stretcher bearers are particularly interesting.

Map Details

Publication Date: 1944

Author: Military Intelligence Division G-2

Sheet Width (in): 6.00

Sheet Height (in): 9.00

Condition: B-

Condition Description: The book is in decent condition, but there is significant wear in a 2" semi-circle along the top portion of the first 30 pages or so. Most sheets show some level of toning from age, and a few have chips and tears consistent with previous use. The covers are strong, but soiled, and attached securely to the binding edge. Includes 3 fold out maps that are in very good condition, save a few light water stains.

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