Join us to commemorate the Battle of Milne Bay, which ended September 7, 1942. (Runs on Sept. 6 to avoid conflict with another event.)
In August, 1942, the Japanese launched an invasion of allied-held Milne Bay, first softening it up with air attacks, then invading with elite Japanese marines -- the Kaigun Rikusentai. It was part of the Japanese plan to capture New Guinea and to use it as a launching point for attacks upon Australia and its supply lines.
To this point in the war, the Japanese had been nearly invincible in battle, dealing many crushing defeats to their enemies. Here, fighting to hold the stepping stone to their country, fighting with troops, P-40's, and Hudson bombers against Japanese forces that included Type 95 Ha-Go tanks, the Australians were the ones to prevail.
"Some of us may forget that of all the Allies it was the Australian soldiers who first broke the spell of the invincibility of the Japanese Army; those of us who were in Burma have cause to remember." -- Field Marshal Sir William Slim
Objective: Kill enemies, destroy objects, sink ships, and capture bases.
Event duration: 2 hours, but play as much or as little as you want of that.