Viewing Entry - Turning point (S15498) by Veitch, Michael.
Playing time for daisy/audio formats : 8 hours 45 minutes
Turning point : the battle for Milne Bay 1942 - Japan's first land defeat in World War Two
Author / Responsible party
History, War stories.
History, War stories. Australia. -- Australian Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945. World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Papua New Guinea -- Milne Bay. Pacific Ocean -- Milne Bay.
September 1942 marked the high-point of Axis conquest in World War II. In the Pacific, Japan's soldiers had seemed unstoppable. However, the tide was about to turn. On Sunday, 6 September 1942, Japanese land forces suffered their first conclusive defeat at the hands of the Allies. At Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea, a predominantly Australian force - including 75 Squadron (fresh from their action in 44 Days) - fought for two weeks to successfully defend a vital airstrip against a determined Japanese invasion. The victorious Australian army units were crucially supported by two locally-based squadrons of RAAF Kittyhawks. The Battle for Milne Bay and victory for the Allies was a significant turning point in the Pacific War, but while it received worldwide publicity at the time, it has since been largely forgotten. It deserves to be remembered.