With today's episode, the podcast finishes covering World War II in New Guinea. Although the war turned in the Allies' favor in 1942, the struggle here would go on until the war ended everywhere else. The Allies find out that in every territory occupied by Japan, it is at least twice as hard to drive the Japanese out, as it was for them to invade the territory in the first place. Also, today is the second anniversary of the podcast's launching. Happy birthday, podcast!

This map of New Guinea shows where General MacArthur landed troops in 1944, to liberate the island and establish an advance base before moving on to the Philippines. Source: History.army.mil.


Since World War II, The Phantom, one of the oldest comic book super heroes, has been a popular art subject in Papua new Guinea. Here he has been painted onto a wooden shield. The last part of this episode explains why Papuans are crazy for him. Source: Wikimedia Commons.


And for your websurfing pleasure, Here are some photos from the New Guinea campaign:
https://www.worldwarphotos.info/gallery/usa/pacific/new-guinea

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