Turning Point: The Battle of Milne Bay

Today a peaceful paradise, the shores of Milne Bay were once a scene of war, played out most dramatically during a two-week battle in 1942Learn the story of the Battle of Milne, considered a turning point in World War II, with visits to major monuments and battlegrounds.

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Travel aboard your local bus to Wahuhuba Bay, the first landing site of the Japanese, who then advanced by tank into the nearby town of Ahioma and the surrounding countrysideConsider the ramifications of the Japanese invasion and Allied response with free time at Wahuhuba before sketching more details of war as you head to the Turnbull War Memorial site at Kainako, the original No3 AirstripEn route, you will pass the Corporal John French Memorial, just outside of town, and KB mission, site of some of the war's fiercest fightingIt was here on September 4, 1942, that Allied forces repelled the Japanese, forcing them to retreatArriving at the Turnbull War Memorial, view the monuments and photos commemorating the battle and Royal Australian Air Force Squadron Leader, Peter Turnbull, who was killed during the Battle of Milne BayReturning to Alotau, visit the Milne Bay War Memorial, a shoreside monument built in 2002 by the Australian War Graves Commission in memory of those who courageously fought in New Guinea (then the Territory of Papua), resulting in what is widely hailed as the first decisive Allied defeat of Japanese land forces A vivid picture of war complete, make your way to the pier. This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.