Sixteen years age - April 1944 - the American Seventh Fleet stormed the beaches of Hollandia.
Sixteen years age - April 1944 - the American Seventh Fleet stormed the beaches of Hollandia. This was the beginning of the end for the Japanese who occupied Dutch New Guinea. But now the fury has faded and the sea and the jungle have claimed the rotting hulks scattered along the beaches in the path of war. Where there was death and destruction, peace has brought progress and along the invasion beach of Hollandia a modern village has been built for the Papuan natives.
Native workmen have built most of the houses, in a successful experiment by the Dutch Administration to improve the living conditions of the Papuans. From the islands off the coast, many native families have come to live in these new houses...primitive outrigger conaes have brought the people and their furniture to their new homes. With the passing of war, the natives picked up where they had been forced to leave off. But now, sixteen years later, a new life has begun for them with new opportunities. Along the invasion beach, a new era is opening up for the people of Hollandia.