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Lat 5° 24' 0S Long 145° 43' 60E Erima village is located on the north coast of New Guinea. To the north is Bil Bil and beyond Madang. Borders Erima Harbor and Astralobe Bay to the east. To the south is the Gori River, Bom, Bogadjim, Gileb Creek, Stephansort and the Minjim River. Today, located in Madang Province in Papua New Guinea.
Erima (Erimahafen) was established to the north of Erima village by Germany for the Neu Guinea Kompagnie (NGK). A tobacco plantation was established under their subsidiary Astrolabe Company. At Erima was an dock, administrative building, tobacco drying rooms and other buildings. To the southwest was "Alternate Erima with additional plantations.
By 1893, the Germans had imported from Germany narrow gague railway lines (600mm guage) to create tramways on the tobacco plantations known as the Erimahafen-Stephansort Railway. After 4.5km of line were established at Stephansort a bridge was built across the Gori River with another 4km of line passing Alternate Erima and ending at Erimahafen.
By late February 1943, occupied by the Japanese Army 20th Division headquarters plus various attached units. The Japanese Army developed a road that spanned northward to Madang and from Erima southward to Bogadjim then inland to Yaula that was 29 kilometres long and required 45 bridges to be built. By late 1943 the completed inland portion was known as the Bogadjim Road (Bogadjim-Yaula Road)
American missions against Erima
January 7 - March 29, 1944
End of the Line page 37 (footnotes 23, 24), 160
References Mono. No. 38 "Construction of Madang – Lae Road February – September 1943" page 164
Richard Dunn adds: "This indicates HQ 20th Div and various attached units had arrived in Erima by late February 1943. Attached units in addition to 20th Eng Rgt included two indep Eng Regts, three coys of a Road Cons Bn and a transportation Regt."
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