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    East Sepik Province  Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
East Sepik Province (ESP) is located on the north coast of New Guinea. Borders Madang Province to the east, Enga Province to the south, West Sepik Province to the west and the Bismarck Sea to the north.

Wartime History
On December 18, 1942 Wewak was occupied by the Japanese Army and developed into a base area. On April 22, 1944 American forces bypassed Wewak with amphibious landings further west at Hollandia (Jayapura) and Aitapie. The Japanese were cut off from supplies or any hope of reinforcement or escape. During 1945, Australian Army troops landed at Dagua and advanced eastward to occupy Wewak by May. F
ighting continuing inland until the end of the war.

    Wewak District
  Main town area, occupied and tunnels dug by Japanese
  Borders Wewak, Mission Point and Cape Boram
  Borders Wewak, Mission Point and Cape Boram
  Borders Wewak Harbor to the north and Wewak to the northwest
  Located to the east of Wewak with wharf
 Located to the east of Wewak and Mission Point
  Japanese airfield still used to this day.
  Locate to the east of Cape Boram
  Japanese Army HQ, Australians assaulted March 1945
  Behind Wewak town, there is a Japanese memorial here
  Located to the east of Wewak
  Located to the east of Wewak, PNDF Army base
  Japanese strong point to the east of Wewak town
  Japanese strong point to the east of Wewak town
  Located to the east of Wewak and Boram Bay
  Located to the west of Wewak Japanese surrender site
  Japanese airstrip and site of the Japanese formal surrender
  Located to the south of Wewak
  Located to the south of Wewak
 Japanese army encampment area and hospital
 Located to the west of Wewak running near Boiken and Dagua
 Japanese and Korean forced conscripts memorial markers
 Small village off north coast road near Boiken
 Located to the west of Wewak, Dagua Airfield
 Village located to the east of Dagua
 Located to the west of Dagua and Wewak
 Located to the east of But
 Coastal village west of But
      Wewak District – Offshore Islands
  Located New Guinea and Muschu Island
  Large flat island north of Wewak, postwar POW camp
  Large mountainous island north of Wewak
 Located between Kairiru Island and Muschu Island
  Located off the north coast, occupied by the Japanese
  Located off the north coast of New Guinea
  Small island northeast of Cape Wom
  Small island northeast of Cape Wom
  Small circular island northeast of Cape Wom
  Small circular island northeast of Cape Wom
    Ambunti-Dreikikir District
Ambunti
  District captial
  located on the Highway bound for Maprik
Emul
  located on the Highway bound for Maprik
  located on the Highway bound for Maprik
    Angoram District
  One of the largest rivers in New Guinea
  District captial located along the Sepik River
  First German settlement on the Sepik River
  Swamp and lake area near Sepik River
  Located to the north of Sepik River
  Located on the northern bank of the Sepik River
    Maprik District
 District captial, occupied by Australians April 1945 Hayfield Airfield
 located on the Highway between Maprik and Dreikikir
Albinama
 located on north of the Highway between Maprik and Dreikikir
    Yangoru-Saussia District
 last Japanese headquarters prior to surrender
Yangoru
 located near Maprik and Kiarivu
 Inland village near the Sepik River
 Occupied by the Australians in April 1945 and built Hayfield Airfield
 Inland village roughly nine miles southwest of Wewak
    Wosera-Gawi District
Wosera
  District captial

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Last Updated
August 16, 2017

 

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