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.
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'.
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
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May 22, 2017