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Lat 8° 30' 0S Long 157° 19' 60E New Georgia Island is the largest island in the New Georgia Island Group (New Georgia Islands) in the central Solomon Islands. Also known as simply "New Georgia". Borders Kula Gulf to the north, Kolombangara Island to the northwest and Ghizo Island to the west. To the south is Munda Harbor, Munda Bar and Roviana Lagoon and beyond Blanche Channel and Rendova Island. Prewar and during the Pacific War part of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate (BSIP). Today located in Western Province in the Solomon Islands.
During April 1942, occupied by the Japanese and the Munda area was develop it into a forward base and airfield to defend the central Solomon Islands. This area was the next battlefield after Guadalcanal was secured to the south. Imperial Headquarters Navy Staff Directive No. 267 instructed: "Hold the central Solomons as long as possible".
The operation was the first offensive probe into the central Solomons by U.S. forces. On July 9, 1943 the U.S. Army 43rd Division, 172d Infantry Regiment and 169th Infantry Regiment began their advance towards Munda. Initially, a small number of Japanese succeeded in holding up over 4,000 Americans before a difficult fight. Afterwards, the remaining Japanese under General Sasaki withdrew via Arundel to Ghizo during the night of September 20, 1943 to September 21, 1943. Afterwards, developed into a major base area to support operations in the northern Solomons.
New Georgia Island
New Georgia Island Group (New Georgia Islands) includes New Georgia and surrounding islands.
Munda (Munda Point) located at the southern coast of New Georgia.
Munda Airfield (Munda Point Airfield) built by the Japanese repaired and used by Americans still in use today.
Kokengola Hill (Kokenggolol) feature overlooking Munda and Munda Airfield.
Laiana (Ilangana, Olsen's Landing) located on the southern coast of New Georgia to the east of Munda.
Zanana Beach located on the southern coast of New Georgia to the east of Munda.
Visu Visu located near Munda on the southern coast of New Georgia.
Ondonga located Ondongo peninsula on New Georgia.
Ondonga Airfield Allied airfield on the Ondongo peninsula disused since the war.
Rice Anchorage located on the north coast of New Georgia Northern Landing Force July 5, 1943.
Enogai (Enogai Point) located on the north coast of New Georgia attacked by 1st Marine Raiders on July 10, 1943.
Enogai Inlet located on the north coast of New Georgia.
Bauroko (Bairoko) located on the north coast of New Georgia includes the Dragons Peninsula.
Bauroko Harbor (Bairoko Harbor) borders Bauroko on the north coast of New Georgia.
Dragons Peninsula (Dragon Point) located to the east of Bauroko and Bauroko Harbor.
Segi (Seghe) located at Segi Point (Seghe Point) on the southern tip of New Georgia.
Segi (Segi Point Airfield) built by the Americans on Segi Island (Seghe).
Regi located on the southeastern coast of New Georgia.
Viru Harbor located on the southeastern coast of New Georgia.
Tombe located on the eastern side of Viru Harbor on southeastern New Georgia.
Tetemara located on the western side of Viru Harbor on southeastern New Georgia.
Bodies of Water bordering New Georgia
Munda Harbor (Munda Bay, Munda Bar) located to the west of Munda.
Roviana Lagoon borders the southern coast of New Georgia and Rendova Island.
Wickham Anchorage located to the south of New Georgia.
Marovo Lagoon large lagoon that borders New Georgia, Vangunu and Gatukai.
Blanche Channel located between New Georgia, Rendova, Tetepare and Vangunu (Vanguan).
Leland Lagoon borders Dragons Peninsula and Enogai on northern New Georgia.
Munda Area Offshore Islands
Aumbaamba Island (Aumba Island) borders Munda Harbor to south of Munda on New Georgia.
Mbanika Island located off Munda Point.
Mbanga Island (Baanga, Baga) located to the northwest of Munda Point.
Kaimbe Island (Kiaba) small island west of Laiana on the southern coast of New Georgia.
Kilivirai Island small island west of Laiana on the southern coast of New Georgia.
Vonavona Island large flat island at the western edge of the New Georgia Island Group.
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