Construction of a road from Oro Bay to Dobodura, New Guinea under supervision of engineer battalion of the U.S. Army during World War II. Natives dig a drainage ditch at a side of a road under the supervision of U.S. 116th Engineer Battalion, 41st Division soldiers. Various views of natives working in mud. The soldiers drill holes with pneumatic drills. A bulldozer levels the road.
Construction of a road from Oro Bay to Dobodura, New Guinea under the supervision of engineer battalion of the U.S. Army during World War II. A dump truck unload rocks. A rock crusher machine in operation. Native laborers at work. Crushed rocks fall from a hopper in a truck.
A U.S. battalion operates a direction and height finder in Dobodura, New Guinea during World War II. U.S. soldiers of Battalion D, 208th CA (Coastal Artillery) AA (Antiaircraft) operate a direction and height finder in a sandbagged emplacement.
August 1943: Animated map depicts Allied ground advances, 5th AAF air fleet stations, Japanese opposition base at Rabaul as well as Japanese positions and network in Papua New Guinea. Map depicting strategic Japanese positions of Wewak and Boram. 5th AAF soldiers decide to raid the two posts. 17 August 1943: USAAF B-25 Mitchell bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters attack the Japanese post of Wewak. Heavy bombardment by the American bombers. Smoke and explosion from the bombardment. Aerial view of the Japanese airplanes parked on the airstrip. 20 August 1943: USAAF B-24 Liberatoor bombers and P-38 Lightning fighters attack the Japanese position at Boram. Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service Mitsubishi Zeros attack the B-24s, P-38s intervene. Bombs dropped on the target. Smoke and explosion from the bombardment.
September 1943: Animated map shows advance of the Allied troops to Nadzab and Lae in papua New Guinea. The Australian 7th Division advance towards Lae. Soldiers in jeeps, on motorcycles and on foot advance through the jungle amidst air and artillery barrage. Soldiers fire machine guns and other artillery. Animated map shows the advance of General Thomas Blamey's troops towards Salamaua. Soldiers cross the Francisco River with natives. The Australian 9th Division advances along the east coast. soldiers in puddles and streams. A military truck stuck in the mud. Soldiers prepare for jungle fighting. Soldiers take cover among bushes as Japanese troops fire. Machine gun nests in the jungle. USAAF B-25 Mitchell bombers drop bombs over enemy territory. Fire and smoke from the explosions. Paratroopers jump from USAAF A -29 Havocs. Australian 7th Division troops amidst artillery and anti-aircraft fire. USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress and B-26 Marauder bombers in the sky. 16 September 1943: Australian 7th Division capture Lae. Bombed ruins, damaged Japanese planes, destroyed airstrips, enemy ships and boats in the harbor. Destroyed Japanese ammunition dump 'Chinatown'. Australian 9th Division crosses the Bamboo River bridge to enter Lae. Animated map shows advance of amphibious forces, paratroopers and air borne operations of the 5th AAF. U.S. General Douglas MacArthur and his men at the 90th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing quarters.
Allied campaign in New Guinea under General Douglas MacArthur during World War 2. A U.S. Army Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress lands and Supreme Allied Commander Pacific General Douglas MacArthur gets off the airplane. General MacArthur is greeted by General Thomas Blamey (Head of the Australian Army). General MacArthur and General Blamey are driven to a war front by an Australian Soldier (See footnote below). Native bearers carry equipment to the front on jungle trails. General MacArthur meets officers at an air base. A U.S. Army Air Force B-24 Liberator aircraft prepares to take off. Bombs near the airplane. Crew members before taking off. The aircraft takes off and in flight. A Japanese ship underway. Gunners fire at the ship and bombs being dropped. Smoke rises from the sinking ship.
[Note: Reportedly, the Aussie soldier driving the jeep is Patrick Mulholland (QF56463) a "driver / mechanic", allocated from 25th Battalion AIF to Australian Army HQ NGF (New Guinea Force) in Port Moresby and Milne Bay 1943 1944. He was disciplined and jailed by Camp Commandant for 7 days from 3rd Sept 43 to 10th Sept 43 for "defacing the King's uniform" by ripping sleeves and fatigue pant legs off his uniform to get some relief from the weather. Observe appearance of the driver's uniform.]