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During early November 1942, the Australian Army advanced towards Oivi and met resistance roughly 1.5km west of Oivi from a forested areas where a Japanese force of approximately 2-3 battalions established machine gun positions and sniper positions in the trees, supported by mortars and mountain guns.
On November 6, when the Australians began probing these positions they sustained 17 KIA and 36 WIA. Instead of continued frontal attacks, the Australians used a parallel track to the south in at attempt to outflank the position over the next several days before attacking again during November 9-12. During the assault, the Japanese suffered approximately 1,000 casualties. The Australians suffered 130 KIA and over a hundred WIA.
Allied missions against Oivi
November 4, 1942
November 8, 1942
November 9, 1942
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