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Letourneau 1998

Lat 8° 30' 0S Long 157° 19' 60E  Large island in the geographic center of the Solomon Islands. Kolombangara is to the north-west. Ghizo to the west. Borders Roviana Lagoon and Rendova Island to the south

Wartime History
During April 1942, occupied by the Japanese and the Munda area was develop it into a forward base and airfield to defend the central Solomon Islands. This area was the next battlefield after Guadalcanal was secured to the south. Imperial Headquarters Navy Staff Directive No. 267 instructed: 'Hold the Central Solomons as long as possible'.

The operation was the first forward offensive probe into the Solomons by the green US Army forces. On July 9, 1943 US Army forces invaded the island. Initially, a very small number of Japanese succeeded in holding up over 4,000 US troops. US forces asserted themselves and dug out the enemy and successfully secured the island and central area as a major base for future operations.  General Sasaki withdrew from Arundel, to Ghizo on the night of September 20-21, 1943.

 Georgia Island
 Located on the southern coast of New Georgia
 Japanese built, battlefield repaired and used
 Hilltop overlooking Munda
 Located near Munda
 Island near Munda Point
 Small island near Munda
  Airfield built record time.
  Landing of the Northern Landing Force July 4-5, 1943
  Attacked by Marine Raiders July 10, 1943
  Located on the north coast of the island
  Allied airfield and base on the southern tip
 Island to the south-east of New Georgia
  South-east New Georgia & Marovo Lagoon
 Dumped US Equipment
 Island of New Georgia, across from Munda
 Island of New Georgia, across from Munda
 Harbor on Rendova
 Island in Rendova Harbor, Todd City USN base
 Island in Rendova Harbor, PT Boat Base

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June 20, 2017


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