Tarlena is located on the Bonis Peninsula on the northwest coast of Bougainville. To the southeast is Chabai. Today located in Kunua Rural LLG of Northern Bougainville District in Autonomous Region of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
During early 1942 occupied by the Japanese. During early 1944, the Japanese began tending gardens to grow food around Tarlean. During early March 1944, Japanese troops withdrew from Taiof Island using native canoes and attempted to reach Tarlean but were ambushed by villagers loyal to ANGAU. Occupied until the official surrender of Japan in September 1945.
American missions against Tarlena
November 10, 1943 - May 13, 1945
The Hard Slog (2012) by Karl James pages 121, 124 (map), 127, 144, 157, 318 (index)
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October 23, 2019