A pair of cast iron and cast aluminum book ends dated New Guinea, 1944
The two pairs of book ends, one cast in iron and lettered 1944 New Guinea, the other cast in salvaged aluminum and lettered 1944 New Guinea, Milne Bay and painted in green, blue and red, both with the Marine emblem.
Provenance: The War Museum
Milne Bay was the allied base on the eastern tip of Papua New Guinea. Famous for being the first decisive Japanese defeat, the Battle of Milne raged from 25 August - 7 September 1942, when Japanese land forces were forced to retreat, after coming up against superior Australian forces. After the battle the base was expanded and played a key role in the Southern Pacific in 1942 and 1943, the airfields providing long range air cover.
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