Photos of New Guinea during WWII

New Guinea was of great strategic importance during WWII, because of it's close proximity to Australia, and it's large size, that could be used to build air strips for bombing raids.
During the fighting on New Guinea, the native people of New Guinea played an important role in the ultimate victory of the Allied Forces there. Some of their contributions will be depicted in photos below.  
A Group of Australians near their billets, somewhere in New Guinea.
Photo: Australian War Memorial   details
 This long line of Australian troops, enters Lae, September 22, 1943.
Photo: Australian War Memorial   details   
Armed Native troops of New Guinea, stand at attention, during training, November, 1942.
Photographer: Bottomley, Clifford
Photo: Australian War Memorial   details  
 More New Guinea troops, barefoot, in native dress perform drills during training, November 1942.
Photographer: Silk, George
Photo: Australian War Memorial   details  

 The native people of New Guinea often carried wounded allied troops to Hospital bases so they could receive medical care. Their knowledge of the land, and their ability to navigate the rough terrain was invaluable.  
Photo: Library of Congress details
New Guinea troops, and Allied troops, take a break together at a YMCA post, in New Guinea, March, 1943.
Photo: Library of Congress details
 Australian troops and American troops share a moment after meeting near Saidor, New Guinea, February 15, 1944.
Photographer: Edwards, R J
Photo: Australian War Memorial  details
 Some native people of New Guinea take a break from carrying wounded American troops on their way to the hospital base.
Photo: Library of Congress details
 Australian troops use an American Jeep to transport wounded to rear for medical help, March 1943.
Photo: Library of Congress details
This photo show Australian troops with some of the native people of Finschhafen, Malahang, Lae, New Guinea, Christmas Day, 1944. 
Photo: Australian War Memorial details
 This group of Australian troops dig in to avoid Japanese shelling along the beach, April, 1945. 
Photo: Australian War Memorial, details
August 1942, this photo show the type of flame thrower used by the Japanese, against Australian troops. Papua, New Guinea. 
Photo: Australian War Memorial, details
 This long line of American troops advance for an attack on Japanese troops at Hollandia in Dutch New Guinea.
Photographer: Brown, Norman
Photo: Australian War Memorial, details

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