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Old 10-12-2002, 08:13 AM
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In May 1945, Wewak fell to the Allies and the remaining Japanese fled into the hills.

In mid-December 1944, Australian forces began a slow, determined drive from the east toward Wewak, which finally fell on May 10, 1945.

Australian losses were 451 killed, 1,163 wounded, and three missing.

Some 7,200 Japanese fell.

General Adachi then kept his approximately 13,000 survivors together in the hills and surrendered only in September 1945.

Adachi himself was tried at Rabaul for war crimes, but beat the hangman by committing suicide in September 1947

In the last days of the war, General Adachi surrendered near Yangoru.

He was so weak from starvation that he had to be carried on a chair.

The formal surrender took place a few days later on September 13, 1945 at Cape Wom near Wewak.

Steps leading up to the Cape Wom War Memorial in Wewak :
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