The Battle of Milne Bay Brings Abandoned Equipment

There’s a curious juxtaposition in this image — the shirtless Australian Army soldier, looking almost casual, is surveying a heavy-duty piece of equipment. Here you can see a soldier studying abandoned Japanese guns and shells following the Allied victory at the Battle of Milne Bay.

The battle was part of the New Guinea Campaign, which lasted three years from 1942 until the end of the war in 1945. It began when elite Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces with tank support attacked the Allied airfields on the eastern tip of New Guinea. This particular battle, also known as the Battle of Rabi, lasted two weeks and saw hundreds of casualties on both sides before the Allies succeeded. The victory allowed them to continue to expand a base in a strategically vital location, which served them well going forward in the campaign.


Milne Bay


Territory of Papua (now, Papua New Guinea).

September 1942.

Image taken by Thomas Fisher.

Credit: Anti-Worlds