The Battle of Goodenough Island was a battle of the Pacific campaign of
World War II fought between 22 and 27 October 1942. Japanese forces had
been stranded on Goodenough Island, Papua, during the Battle of Milne
Bay. Aircraft and ships headed from Milne Bay to Buna and vice versa had
to pass close to Goodenough Island, and a presence on the island could
provide warning of enemy operations. The island also had flat areas
suitable for the construction of emergency airstrips. The Allies
attacked the island prior to the Buna campaign. A force consisting of
the Australian 2/12th Battalion and attached units landed on the
southern tip at Mud Bay and Taleba Bay on 22 October and, following a
short but heavy fight, during which the Australians found it difficult
to advance, the Japanese forces withdrew to Fergusson Island on 27
October. The island was developed by the Allies after the battle and
became a major base for operations later in the war.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Goodenough_Island>
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