Operation Goodtime and the Battle of the Treasury Islands, 1943: The World War II Invasion by United States and New Zealand Forces

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McFarland, Sep 26, 2012 - History - 249 pages
A force of New Zealanders and Americans invaded the Treasury Islands in the South Pacific on October 27, 1943, retaking them from their Japanese occupiers. Codenamed Operation Goodtime, the action marked the first time New Zealand forces took part in an opposed landing since Gallipoli in 1915. In an unusual allocation of troops in the American-dominated theater, New Zealand provided the fighting men and America the air, naval, and logistical support. Confronting extreme risks against a determined Japanese foe, the Allies nevertheless succeeded with relatively few casualties. Because of the need for operational security, Operation Goodtime received little publicity and has been relegated to a footnote in the history of the war in the Pacific. This is the first complete account of the Allied seizure of the Treasury Islands.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Meeting on Mono
3
The Opposing Forces
13
The Gamble
41
The Downed Aviators the Treasury Islanders and the Japanese
64
The Cowan Patrols
82
Invasion 27 October 1943
96
GoodtimeThe Air Aspects
139
Consolidation and Elimination of Japanese Defenders
150
Aftermath and Legacies
187
Appendices
201
Chronology
209
Glossary
211
Chapter Notes
221
Bibliography
233
Index
237

Loganforce at Soanatalu Desperate Defense 29 October to 3 November 1943
144

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About the author (2012)

Reg Newell has a doctoral degree from Massey University, Palmerston North (with a dissertation on New Zealand’s Third Division in the Pacific) and continues researching the Pacific War. He lives in Upper Hutt, New Zealand.

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