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    Papua New Guinea (PNG) ¬†

Location
Papua New Guinea (PNG) includes the eastern half of New Guinea, plus the offshore islands of New Britain, New Ireland, Bougainville and offshore islands. To the east is the Solomon Islands. To the west is Papua Province in Indonesia. To the south is the Coral Sea and Australia.
The country is roughly the size of California.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, Japanese occupied many areas of the country. An estimated million Americans, 75,000 Japanese and 50,000 Australians served there. The Papuan people were instrumental in the war, serving on the side of both the Japanese and Allies as guides, laborers, carriers, spotters and soldiers. Papua New Guinea gained independence on September 16, 1975.

  ¬† New Guinea Mainland

National Capital District (NCD)

  Includes the capital city of Port Moresby and vicinity

Central Province

  Located on the southern coast of New Guinea
  Located on the southern coast of New Guinea
  Located on the southern coast, Fly River
  Located at the eastern tip of New Guinea, Milne Bay
  Located on the north coast Dobodura, Buna, Gona
  Located on the north coast Lae, Finchafen, Tsili-Tsili, Wau
  Located on the north coast Madang, Saidor and Gusap
  Located on the north coast, Wewak and the Sepik River
  Located on the north coast, borders Irian Jaya

Eastern Highlands

  Located in the Highlands includes Goroka
  Located in the Highlands includes Mount Wilhelm
  Located in the Highlands includes Mount Hagen
  Located in the Highlands
  Located in the Highlands
  ¬†Islands and sea areas
  Rabaul area major Japanese base
  Western half of New Britain
  Island to the northeast of New Britain
  (Autonomous Region of Bougainville) in the Northern Solomons
  Admiralty Islands Group including Manus and Los Negros

Bismarck Sea

  Battle of the Bismarck Sea
  Battle of the Coral Sea May 7-8, 1942

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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