The World War II Photo of the Week
for 9 April 2001
|Battling Jungles and Japs ...
It's Christmas 1943, and marines of the First Division, conquerors of Guadalcanal, have landed on both sides of Cape Gloucester, New Britain. Despite strong counterattacks, they managed to beat off the enemy and capture key airfields by December 30. The advance was slow, but by February 13 the division had fought their way to a point 21 miles east of the Cape. Eleven days later they linked up with Army contingents from Arawe, effectively sealing off the western part of New Britain. After 19 days of fighting the jungles and the Japanese, PFC George C. Miller, of 458 Ocean Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, totes his water-cooled machine gun along a rain-soaked jungle trail, enroute to a rest area. Official USMC photo, from the Webmaster's collection.