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West Sepik Province (WSP) is located on the northern coast of New Guinea. Prewar and during World War II located in the Territory of New Guinea. Today West Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Also known as Sandaun Province, the tok pisin word for sunset or west. To the west is the international border with Papua Province (Irian Jaya) in Indonesia. To the east is East Sepik Province and to the south is Western Province (Fly) and to the southeast is Southern Highlands Province.
During the Pacific War, the Japanese Army occupied the entire coastal area of the province. On April 22, 1944 US Army troops landed at Aitape to protect the eastern flank of the landing at Hollandia (Jayapura) further to the west. Tadji was developed into a large Allied airfield. Japanese counterattacked at the Driniumor River and were defeated.
Sissano Lagoon located on the north coast of New Guinea
Aitape capital of West Sepik Province located on the north coast of New Guinea.
Tadji located on the north coast of New Guinea Tadji Airfield.
Chinapelli inland village to the south of Tadji.
Driniumor River (Bando River) located to the east of Tadji, battle between Japanese Army versus U.S. Army.
Afua inland village located to the west of Driniumor River.
Paup (Paup Hamlets) located on the north coast of New Guinea.
Yakamul located on the north coast of New Guinea.
Charov (Charok) inland village to the south of the north coast of New Guinea.
Matapau (Karasin) located on the north coast of New Guinea.
Nuku capital of Nuku District, located to the south of Aitape.
Telefomin located in the interior of New Guinea.
Vanimo-Green River District
Vanimo capital of West Sepik Province on the north coast of New Guinea.
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