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    West Sepik Province (Sandaun Province)  Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Location
West Sepik Province (WSP) is located on the northern coast of New Guinea. Also known as "Sandaun Province", the tok pidgin word for sunset or west. To the west is the international border with Irian Jaya. To the east is East Sepik Province and to the south is the border with Western Province (Fly) and to the southeast is the border with Southern Highlands Province.

Wartime History
During the Pacific War, the Japanese Army occupied the entire coastal area of the province. On April 22, 1944 US Army troops landed at Aitape to protect the eastern flank of the landing at Hollandia (Jayapura) further to the west. Tadji was developed into a large Allied airfield. Japanese counterattacked at the Driniumor River and were defeated.

Aitape-Lumi District
Aitape  capital of West Sepik Province located on the north coast of New Guinea
Tadji  located on the north coast of New Guinea Tadji Airfield
Yakamul  located on the north coast of New Guinea east of Tadji
Driniumor River  located to the east of Tadji, battle between Japanese Army and US Army
Nuku District
Nuku  capital of Nuku District, located to the south of Aitape
Telefomin District
Telefomin  located in the interior of New Guinea
Vanimo-Green River District
Vanimo  capital of West Sepik Province located on the north coast of New Guinea near the border with Indonesia

 

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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