The Battle of Milne Bay, also known as Operation RE by the Japanese, was
a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II from 25 August to 7
September 1942. Japanese naval troops, known as Kaigun Rikusentai,
attacked the Allied airfields at Milne Bay that had been established on
the eastern tip of New Guinea. The Japanese miscalculated the size of
the garrison and initially landed a force roughly equivalent in size to
one battalion on 25 August. Meanwhile the Allies, forewarned by
intelligence from Ultra, had heavily reinforced the garrison. Despite
suffering a significant setback at the outset, when part of the invasion
force had its landing craft destroyed by Allied aircraft as they
attempted to land on the coast behind the Australian defenders, the
Japanese quickly pushed inland and began their advance towards the
airfields. Heavy fighting followed as they came up against Australian
Militia and the veteran Second Australian Imperial Force units. Allied
air superiority helped tip the balance. Finding themselves outnumbered,
lacking supplies and suffering heavy casualties, the Japanese were
compelled to withdraw their forces. The battle is considered to be the
first in the Pacific campaign in which Allied troops decisively defeated
Japanese land forces.
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