History of the Hollandia Operation
ARMY (6TH) PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO CA
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The decision was made to launch a major attack against the Humboldt Bay-Tanahmerah Bay area with a lesser landing at Aitape. The success of such an enterprise would isolate the defending-forces along the coast from Astrolabe Bay to Wewak, would place all of northeastern New Guinea under Allied domination, and would afford air and naval bases for future operations against the remainder of Dutch New Guinea or other subsequent objectives which might be selected to the north and west. Control of this portion of the New Guinea coast also would provide security against any enemy counter-blow aimed from the west at the supply lines and positions of friendly forces occupied in consolidating their gains in the Bismarck Sea, area. The magnitude of the plan, compared to other operations in the area, called for new logistics and planning, and for the most complete cooperation between ground, air, and naval forces.
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