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Jon Snow
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Hey, my dad was in the Pacific, but I never heard of it! Bougainville Island in The Solomons, as it turns out. The 3rd Marines hit the beach there in November, 1943.

Here is a wikipedia link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landings_at_Cape_Torokina


And more:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Torokina

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Torokina
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Mark McG
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and yet the fighting on Bougainville went on until August 1945.
 
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laugh Figures that folks from Down Under would be more familiar with it! So, you're suggesting it should have been a campaign?
 
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not really, pretty small scale ambushing. Dozen casualties here, another dozen tomorrow.. adds up over 2 years.

The Japanese were intent of growing rice to survive, and raiding Allied foodstocks.
The Allies had huge logistical problems bringing force to bear. Carving out roads through swamps and jungle.

https://www.awm.gov.au/blog/2012/05/28/bougainvilles-hard-sl...

Official Histories from Aust. War Memorial Library
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RCDIG1070206/
Chapters 5-9

The Bougainville campaign from Wikpedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bougainville_Campaign

also, Bougainville is not part of the Solomon Islands nation, but an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea (after a 10 year civil war). Lot of copper on Bougainville, which is what the fighting has been about.
 
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Considering that the last Japanese soldier in the Pacific (that we know about) surrendered in the early 1960s...
 
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chas59 wrote:
Considering that the last Japanese soldier in the Pacific (that we know about) surrendered in the early 1960s...


1974
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiroo_Onoda

but a Taiwanese soldier surrendered after him, and 2 Japanese continued fighting with the Malay Communists until 1990, though I dare say they knew Japan had surrendered.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_holdout#1990s

rumour has it there were still Japanese holdouts living in New Guinea in the 1980's.
 
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I know the Japanese would send out parties to find them if they were sighted; usually with relatives of identified survivors. Are they still doing that? Someone really needs to clean up the back yard...hopefully before old age does it.

Its very weird. When I visited Pearl Harbor years ago, the largest tourist group there was the Japanese. Watching the tourist historical film about the attack with them was pretty moving. I mention it because this week is the 75th Anniversary.

There are often references to WWII in anime set in modern times. In the romantic comedy Love Hina, older townspeople cringe when they hear an airplane. And the shadow it casts over them is that of a B-29!

I may get to Japan in the Spring for the first (and only) time. I'm getting too old for long distance travel, and my constant world traveling companion, my cousin who was my age, just passed away last month. History catches up with us all.
 
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