8° 30' 0S Long 157° 19' 60E New Georgia Island is the largest island in the New Georgia Island Group (New Georgia Islands) in Western Province in the Solomon Islands. Also known as simply "New Georgia". To the northwest is Kolombangara. To the west is Ghizo. To the south is Roviana Lagoon and Rendova Island.
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".
operation was the first offensive probe into the central Solomons by
U. S. forces. On July 9, 1943 the U. S. Army troops made a landing on New Georgia. Initially, a very small number of Japanese succeeded in holding
up over 4,000 Americans before the island was secured with the remaining Japanese under General Sasaki withdrawing from Arundel to Ghizo on the night of September
20-21, 1943. Afterwards, developed into a
major base area to support operations in the northern Solomons.
New Georgia Island Group (New Georgia Islands)
New Georgia Island Group (New Georgia Islands) includes New Georgia and surrounding islands
Georgia Island largest island in the New Georgia Island Group
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
Visu Visu located near Munda on the southern coast of New Georgia
Mbanika Island located off Munda
Mbanga Island (Baanga) located near Munda Point
Kaimbe Island small island near Munda
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 4-5, 1943
Enogai located on the north coast of New Georgia attacked by 1st Marine Raiders on July 10-11, 1943
Enogai Inlet located to the east of Enogai used by PBY Catalinas to evacuate casaulties after the battle
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
(Seghe) located off the southern tip of New Georgia
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
Vangunu Island located to the southeast of New Georgia
Gatukai Island located to the southeast of New Georgia and Marovo Lagoon
Roviana Lagoon borders the southern coast of New Georgia and Rendova Island
Wickham Anchorage located to the south of New Georgia
Marovo Lagoon located to the south of New Georgia
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October 23, 2019