Marines in the Central Solomonsby
Major John N. Rentz, USMCR
Historical Branch, G-3 Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
MUNDA STRIP. prize won by XIV Corps, as seen from atop Bibilo Hill in late August 1943. In a little over a week after its capture, this strip became a base for ComAirSols planes operating against enemy installations in the Northern Solomons. Seabees, working in the foreground, soon made Munda the major operating airfield in the Solomons. Its occupation enabled South Pacific Forces to move into Bougainville before the end of the year.
The Solomon Islands, Spring 1943
Foreword v Preface vi Chapter Page I. Introduction 1 Solomon Islands Geography 1 II. Plans and Preliminary Operations 17 III. Marine Support in the Munda Drive 52 IV. From Rice to Bairoko 96 V. Central Solomons Mop Up 81 VI. The Role of Aviation 140 VII. Epilogue 150 Appendices I. Bibliography 160 II. Chronology 169 III. Casualties 174 IV. Command List 175 V. Enemy Order of Battle 177 VI. Navy Unit Commendation 178 Index 179
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