Pacific - New Britain Invasion
Convoy & preparations aboard ships the day before landing, cleaning weapons. Sailors pop malaria atabrine pills - studying map & briefing.
05:11:23 Task Force Commander leaves to board escort ship. Troopship underway. Sailors read newspapers, smoke pipes, cigarettes & rest.
05:13:55 Arawe Island, New Britain - Night firing. Dawn firing & assault boats underway. MCU Japanese plane attack. Boats shooting rockets at beach. B-25s bombard island & drop leaflets.
05:14:56 Landing. First wounded. Ravaged shoreline. Troops shot at by snipers. Patrols ahead - machine gunners. Dead Japanese. Troops & tanks advance inland.
05:17:17 Setting up defenses & communications - camouflaged gun emplacement, beach gun emplacements;air rair warning truck under camouflage; digging trench. Switchboard & field phone.
05:17:56 Planes drop supplies by parachute; retrieving supplies from tree. Mud pool converted into drinking water by water purification unit; pouring water into metal gourds.
Pacific War; WWII; WW2; 1944;