Japan's naval advance in the Pacific was stemmed in early May 1942 in the battle of the Coral Sea and western New Guinea soon felt the impact of American and Australian counter-attacks. By contrast, British forces attacking from the west weremainly engaged in Burma and the dozen commando raids on Sumatra were of little military or political significance. In the east, after the capture of Morotai, American forces concentrated on recovering the Philippines, leaving Australian troops to begin the attacks on central Indonesia.
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