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1st Marine Division After the Battle of Cape Gloucester

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Soldiers of the First Marine Division display Japanese flags captured during the Battle of Cape Gloucester. New Britain was defended by the Imperial Japanese Army‘s 17th Division, under Major General Iwao Matsuda; reinforced by 65th Independent Mixed Brigade and elements of the 51st Division, known as the Matsuda Force. The strain and fatigue of 23 days on the line at Cape Gloucester is clearly shown in the faces of these men of the Seventh Marines, relieved after taking Hill 660. They trapped the Japanese between 60 mm mortar fire in front and 81mm and artillery fire in back, then overlapped the impact areas; over 100 Japanese were caught in the open and killed. Later the Fifth Marines attacked and neutralized Matsuda‘s Command Post. New Britain cost the reinforced First Marine Division 310 killed in action and 1,083 wounded. The remains of the Matsuda Force were ordered back to Rabaul to defend the base. For the rest of the war, 40,000 Japanese starved and were harassed by a much smaller Allied force. First Marine Division was relieved by the United States Army‘s 40th Infantry Division and prepared for the Peleliu operation.
Image Filename wwii1556.jpg
Image Size 1.52 MB
Image Dimensions 3000 x 1893
Photographer Unknown
Photographer Title
Caption Author Jason McDonald
Date Photographed January 15, 1944
Location Hill 660
City Cape Gloucester
State or Province New Britain
Country Solomons
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Status Caption ©2007, ©2024 MFA Productions LLC
Image in the Public Domain

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