Cape Gloucester : the green inferno by Bernard C. Nalty, U.S. Marine Corps History and Museums

By Bernard C. Nalty, U.S. Marine Corps History and Museums Division

Cape Gloucester: the golf green Inferno is a story of the actions of the Marine Corps. reliable files and acceptable old works have been utilized in compiling this chronicle, that is released for the knowledge of these attracted to the background of Cape Gloucester.

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The Day, some of them carrying the seri- ously wounded, in order to pick up the 3d Battalion at Iboki Point and bring it to Volupai. The day was waning by the time enough landing craft were on hand for Deakin's battalion. For the reinforcements to ar- rive in time for an attack on the morning of 7 March would require a dangerous nighttime approach to Volupai, through uncharted waters studded with sharp outcroppings of coral that could lay open the hull of a landing craft. Rupertus decided that the risks of such a move outweighed the advantages and canceled it at the last moment.

When they heard Chliek's Charles H. Brush, Jr. A patrol from two collided, the Japanese surprising the Marines in the act of crossing a small stream and pinning them down for some three hours until the approach of reinforcements from Company F forced the enemy to break off the action, take to the jungle, and bypass Kandoka. group open fire, Watkins and Brush On 9 April, the 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, under Lieutenant Colonel Hankins, replaced Brush's 1st Battalion and continued the search for enemy stragglers.

The commanding general of the Army's 40th Infantry Division, Major General Rapp Brush, arrived at New Britain on 10 April to arrange for the In a campaign lasting four months, the 1st Marine Division had plunged into the unforgiving jungle and overwhelmed a determined and resolute enemy, capturing the Cape Gloucester airfields and driving the Japanese from western New Britain. ing craft—supported the landings, but the size of the island and the lack of fixed coastal defenses limited. the effectiveness of the various forms of naval gunfire.

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