Marienburg is located near the mouth of Sepik River. Wartime Allied spelling "Marienberg". Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the Territtory of New Guinea. Today located in Angoram District, East
Sepik Province in Papua
New Guinea (PNG).
In 1913, the Catholic Society of the Divine Word established a settlement including a church, homes and sawmill with a small railway line as the first German settlement along the Sepik River.
During early 1943, occupied by the Japanese Army. Attacked by American aircraft during 1943, destroying the sawmill, church and buildings in the area. During 1944 the Japanese Army 51st Division, 102nd Infantry Regiment commanded by Colonel Hori Keijiro was based at Marienburg.
American missions against Marienburg
March 16, 1943–February 4, 1944
After Japan's official surrender, during the middle of October 1945, Marienburg was liberated by the Australian Army and liberated surviving Indian Prisoners Of War (POW) from the 2/12th Frontier Force Regiment, 4/9 Jats Regiment, that surrendered at Singapore
The sawmill and settlement was reestablished and continued until the early 1970s.
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October 23, 2019