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    Simemi Oro Province Papua New Guinea (PNG)
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AWM Dec 25, 1942

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Justin Taylan 2003

Simemi village and Simemi creek and Simemi trail are located to the east of Buna on the north side of Buna Airfield (Old Strip) and to the west of Buna New Strip.

Wartime History
Swamps and high water limited crossing of the Simemi Creek to one location where the was a log bridge. The Simemi Creek was a formidable obstacle to the Allies as tanks could not negotiate the shallows. In six days of hard fighting the Japanese had been cleared from east of the Simemi Creek by 2/9th Battalion.  After three days of searching for a safe crossing, the 2/10th battalion found a crossing downstream and moved across on 22 December. The Japanese were surprised tanks had managed to cross, and abandoned adjacent positions on 23 December.

Simemi Bridge (Simemi Creek Bridge, The Bridge)
Located to the west of Buna New Strip. Today, the trail here is still used by foot traffic and off road vehicles. The original log bridge has rotted away, but a new bridge made of metal culverts is located at the same crossing. There is a small village at Simemi, with some traces of the war like barbed wire and pigtails and other smaller relics.

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October 23, 2019


Dec 5, 1942

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