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UNITED STATES ARMY. SOUTH-WEST PACIFIC AREA.

[KOKODA TRACK CAMPAIGN] Allied Geographical Section, South-West Pacific Area. Terrain Study No. 28. Main Routes Across New Guinea. 18th October, 1942.

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[Melbourne] : US Army, Southwest Pacific Area, 18 October 1942. “USA Classification CONFIDENTIAL. Copy no. 158” (cover). Folio (345 mm), original manila card cover with printed title label, preserved in a later clear plastic cover and perfect bound; pp. ii, 59, plus 22 photographic illustrations, 10 large fold-out maps, fold-out profile Amali to Namudi; a couple of the fold-outs with tears, otherwise condition is very good throughout; from The Papuan Collection of Charles Fletcher (Melbourne), his bookplate to the inside of the front cover.

This extensive and highly significant US Military Intelligence dossier was printed in Melbourne towards the end of the Kokoda Track Campaign, and would have been issued to the relevant US and Australian units in the field. It describes around 50 routes across the island of New Guinea (Appendices A and B discuss the reconnaissance of two routes in particular) which could be used by Allied forces to retreat from or mount counterattacks against the invading Japanese Imperial Army, and provides the contact information for principal informants in key locations. The document’s “Confidential” classification – equivalent to the Australian Army’s “Secret” classification – was cancelled after the war.