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Buna - Papua New Guinea Highlights:
Buna-Gona campaign memorial
Buna is a coastal village in Oro Province, Papua New Guinea. Forming the main Japanese base during their advance across the Kokoda Track during World War II, it was in Buna that the Japanese made their last stand after their withdrawal following the Kokoda campaign. By November 1942 more than 6,000 Japanese troops were dug-in in the Buna-Gona area, using the rugged terrain to great effect to conceal hundreds of machine gun bunkers and trenches. A combined Australian and US force launched a series of bloody attacks against the Japanese defenders, wrenching the ground from them inch-by-inch. By January 1943 more than 22,000 men had been killed or wounded on both sides, a casualty rate that makes the Buna-Gona campaign one of the bloodiest of the entire Pacific War.

Visit the site of the old Buna Government Station and Australian and US memorials paying tribute to the men who died here.

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