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World War II History Tour 2017

The Battle of Buna–Gona was part of the New Guinea campaign in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. It followed the conclusion of the Kokoda Track campaign and lasted from 16 November 1942 until 22 January 1943.

The battle was conducted by Australian and United States forces against the Japanese beachheads at Buna,Sanananda and Gona. From these, the Japanese had launched an overland attack on Port Moresby. In light of developments in the Solomon Islands campaign, Japanese forces approaching Port Moresby were ordered to withdraw to and secure these bases on the northern coast. Australian forces maintained contact as the Japanese conducted a well-ordered rearguard action. The Allied objective was to eject the Japanese forces from these positions and deny them their further use. The Japanese forces were skilful, well prepared and resolute in their defence. They had developed a strong network of well-concealed defences.

The battle is noteworthy for a number of reasons. The resolve and tenacity of the Japanese in defence was unprecedented and had not previously been encountered. It was to mark the desperate nature of fighting that characterised battles for the remainder of the Pacific war. For the Allies, there were a number of valuable but costly lessons in the conduct of jungle warfare. Allied losses in the battle were at a rate higher than that experienced at Guadalcanal.

This new 5 day WW11 History expedition is tailored for those that want to immerse themselves in the history and also get to experience some of the PNG culture of the area that this campaign was fought. It is easy walking. Although the heat and humidity must be taken into consideration. Accommodation is basic village traditional housing.


$**** per person, twin share from Cairns
$**** per person, twin share, from Brisbane

A minimum of 2 people are required for this tour to go ahead or surcharge applies


  • Return international economy flights and taxes;
  • Return domestic PNG flights;
  • 1 night pre and 1 night post tour in a comfortable Port Moresby hotel;
  • Breakfast in Port Moresby; All ground and boat transfers in PNG;
  • 2 nights accommodation at Sanananda village including all meals;
  • Guide and historian;
  • All road transport in PNG;
  • Time permitting, short tour of Bomana cemetery and Port Moresby;

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