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A plaque commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay.

The Battle of Milne Bay (25 August – 7 September 1942), also known as Operation RE by the Japanese, was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War Two. Japanese naval troops, known as Kaigun Rikusentai (Special Naval Landing Forces), 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.


Address:Kittyhawk Drive, Milne Bay Memorial Library, Chermside Historical Precinct, Chermside, 4032
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.382376
Long: 153.035578
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:25-August-1942
Actual Event End Date:07-September-1942


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 25th August, 2012
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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