6° 28' 60S Long 147° 46' 0E Sattelberg is located at an elevation of 3,000' on a mountain peak that overlooks the north coast of New Guinea and the Finshafen area. Also known as "Satelberg".
Occupied by the Japanese during 1942. After the
Australian Army landings near Finshafen,
the bulk of the Japanese garrison, 4,000 men, had retreated to
The garrison was reinforced by the 20th Division and on October 16, 1943,
the Japanese launched a coordinated ground and seaborne counterattack.
The attack failed, but the Japanese kept trying until the end of
Allied missions against Sattelberg
October 9 - November 22, 1943
After the Australians received
reinforcements, they took the offensive against the Japanese. Still, a month
of difficult fighting was still required to drive the Japanese from the Satelberg area. On November 17, 1943 attacked by the Australian Army C Squadron, less three troops
in support of the 26th Brigade who took over the drive to
Sattelberg, so that the road and nearby tracks could be opened. Matilda tanks were used in the final offensive.
On November 24, 1943, Sgt Thomas Currie Derrick earned the Victoria Cross taking a slope then
repeatedly attacking a point approximately 150 yards from Sattelberg. After two hours of failed assaults, Derrick requested permission to make one
last attempt, advanced alone and using grenades forced the enemy to flee, leaving their weapons. Derrick then went on and dealt with remaining posts in the area. This action was so successful that
it allowed the 2/48 Infantry Battalion to capture the peak at Sattelberg on November 25, 1943.
Afterwards, Australian forces continued to advance towards Sio.
1st/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers - Sattleberg (via Wayback Machine)
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June 15, 2019