In early 1943, the strategic situation in central New Guinea remained unresolved. The Japanese build-up created an expectation that the Japanese would move first. To counter these expectations, Australian commander Lt. Col. Fleay mustered 300 Australian commandos and launched a raid against the key Japanese outpost at Mubo. This village was located approximately 20 kilometers from the Japanese-held coastal village of Salamaua, the scene of an earlier successful ANZAC raid. Fleay sought to surround Mubo and then launch an attack.
Attacker: Australian (2nd Maizuru Special Naval Landing Party)
Defender: Japanese (Winning's Party | Ridley's Party | MacAdie's Party)