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0.861S) was a small port
Vogelkop Peninsula of western New
Guinea. Occupied by the Japanese
on 12 April 1942, it was bypassed by the Allies with the capture
of Sansapor on 30 July 1944,
the bulk of 35 Division which had
the area in preparation for a counterattack against Biak that was later cancelled. In
July 35 Division
retire to Sorong, leaving behind a small
garrison (1 Independent Brigade
and 28 Special Base Force).
A number of the retiring troops were intercepted and annihilated
of Sansapor by 6
Division in late
casualties included 318
and 215 captured,
latter mostly Formosans.
more starved or succumbed to illness as they were forced to move
through rugged country to the south.
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