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08 April 2017

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As predicted by the CO 42 Assault Landing Craft Company (ALCC) the barges got stuck on a sandy reef a few hundred metres off shore and the Japs were able to inflict many casualties on the incoming troops.

Rumour at the time was that the assault was put on as a show for General Blamey. He was due to visit 6 Div'n in the Aitape-Wewak area where I was serving but his visit was cancelled as it was considered too dangerous because of Jap activity throughout the area at the time.

My old unit 43 ALCC attached to 6 Div'n infantry units assaulted Japanese positions at Brandi Plantation in May 1945 firing mortars from the barges as we approached the landing position. But that's another story which went belly up.

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