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West New Britain Province (WNB) includes the western half of New Britain. Borders East New Britain Province to the east, the Bismarck Sea to the north, Solomon Sea to the south and Vitiaz Strait to the west. Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the Territory of New Guinea. This province was established during the 1960s by the Australian Administration.
During the Pacific War, occupied by the Japanese. As part of a plan to advance Allied airfields closer to Rabaul, Americans forces made a diversionary landing at Arawe on December 15, 1943 then the main landing at Cape Gloucester on December 26, 1943. During early 1944, Americans advanced on the northern coast and pushing the Japanese eastwards.
Cape Gloucester area on the western end of New Britain
Cape Gloucester (Tuluvu) located at the western tip of New Britain, US landing December 26, 1943.
Mount Talawe located five miles inland from Cape Gloucester.
Borgan Bay located to the east of Cape Gloucester.
Dampier Strait connects the Bismarck Sea to the north with the Solomon Sea off West New Britain.
Sag Sag located at the western tip of New Britain.
Aisega (Aisago, Aishiga, Aisiga) located on the western coast of New Britain.
Rein Bay located on the north coast of New Britain between Cape Gloucester and Willaumez Peninsula.
Willaumez Peninsula area on the north coast of New Britain
Eleanora Bay located to the east of Cape Gloucester.
Willaumez Peninsula located on the north coast of New Britain bordering Kimbe Bay.
Volupai (Red Beach) located near Cape Glouchester site of the U.S. Marine landing on Willaumez Peninsula.
Bitokara prewar German Catholic mission station on the Willaumez Peninsula.
Talasea prewar Australian Government Station and Talasea Airfield.
Garua Island located off the eastern side of the Willaumez Peninsula.
Kimbe (San Remo Plantation) town founded in 1969 located on San Remo Plantation.
Kimbe Bay borders the northern coast of New Britain including Kimbe
Numundo plantation south of Talasea peninsula near Kimbe
Hoskins (Cape Hoskins) located on the north coast of New Britain, Japanese built Hoskins Airfield (Gavuvu)
Loloba Island located offshore from Hoskins.
Ulabo located on the north coast of New Britain to the east of Hoskins.
Open Bay area on the north coast of New Britain
Open Bay located on the northern coast of New Britain.
Maitanakunai (Maitanakunai) borders Open Bay.
Tarobi located on the north coast of New Britain.
Ulamona located on the north coast of New Britain.
Ubili located on the north coast of New Britain.
Sule located on the north coast of New Britain, includes Sule Airfield (Ubili Airfield).
South coast of New Britain
Arawe (Cape Merkus) located on the southwestern tip of New Britain.
Arawe Harbor (Merkus Harbor) borders Arawe (Cape Merkus) on the southwestern tip of New Britain.
Wako (Waku) located near Arawe.
Ablingi located on the south coast of New Britain
Gasmata (Tsurumi) located on the southern coast of New Britain.
Awrin Island (Awrin) located off Gasmata.
Lindenhafen (Linderhaven) located to the east of Gasmata borders Lindenhafen Harbor.
Fulleborn Harbor located on the south coast 25 miles east of Gasmata
Kandrian located on the south coast of New Britain.
Witu Island Group (Vitu)
Witu Island Group (Vitu) located off the north coast of New Britain
Witu Island (Vitu) located in the Witu Island Group includes Meto and Peterhafen
Garowe Island (Garove) located in the Witu Island Group
Narage Island located in the Witu Island Group
Unea Island located in the Witu Island Group
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