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How were the innovative tactics for maritime strike developed in the SPWA by GEN Kenney? This podcast episodes discusses the evolution of maritime strike tactics that were to be used in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Pattern bombing wouldn’t work for Kenney,  because there was often clouds down to 2,000 feet, and the lack […]

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This podcast discusses how GEN Kenney created a culture of military innovation in the US Fifth Air Force leading up to the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. This is the third part of our Battle of the Bismarck Sea Podcast series. We look at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea and GEN Kenney as an […]

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How did GEN Kenney create a culture of military innovation and creativity in the SWPA? The SWPA was a third priority for resources for the Allies, who had adopted a Germany first approach.  In the East, GEN MacArthur found himself in competition with ADM Nimitz for resources and to be the strategic priority. You fight […]

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We start our Joint Professional Military Education campaigning with the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, a land battle, fought at sea and won in the air. 1st March 1943 a convoy left Rabaul.  This was the Japanese Operation 81. Battle of the Bismarck Sea Centre of Gravity Analysis We conduct a quick assessment of the […]

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Was Leadership and Morale the critical difference between that Japanese and the Australians troops that fought on top of Palliers Hill. With such difficult terrain and being outnumbered, how could Palliers Hill have been a victory for 9 Platoon from the 2/14th? We finish our look at the Considerations for the Defence of Palliers Hill […]

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