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Lae - Salamaua 60th anniversary World War II by Malum Nalu

For the people of Lae and its predecessor Salamaua, 2003 will be especially significant, as it was in 1943 that the Allies particularly the Australians - fought the Japanese to a standstill and recaptured both towns. Lae, now the bustling capital of Morobe, was the site of a significant World War 11 battle. The 60th anniversary of that battle falls on September 16 which incidentally is Independence Day this year.

Five days earlier, on September 11, 1943, Salamaua was recaptured from the Japanese after almost two years of bitter fighting. The 5th Division conducted the final operations around Salamaua, which was occupied by the 42nd Battalion on September 11, a week after the Lae offensive opened and five days before the 7th and 9th Australian Divisions entered Lae. Photograph : Lae War Memorial War Cemetery Entrance, Morobe Province.

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