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Australians Sweeping Up Coastal Highway OTHER TROOPS PUSH INLAND Rec. 1.30 p.m. GUAM, July 13. Forward elements of the Australian Seventh Division,.states General Mac Arthur's communique, continue to drive up the coastal highway of Borneo, 20 miles from Balik Papan. Other units have pushed deeper inland. The Ninth Division, in the Brunei Bay area, has moved steadily northward along the Jesselton railway. Heavy search planes and fighter patrols have destroyed a • freighter, probably destroyed another and set fire to a sail boat and freighter near Kuching. Patrol bombers have continued neutralisation of enemy airfields in the southern Celebes, have destroyed a schooner in the Gulf of Bone, and harassed the Malang aerodrome, in eastern Java. Australian and Dutch troops, using flame-throwers, are engaged in a violent battle in their attempt to encircle a formidable Japanese ridge position eight miles north of Balik Papan. As a result of a twomile advance, they closed in on Smashed Stone Ridge, keystone of the enemy positions. Meanwhile Dutch troops further east, pushing along 1 the Kariango Peninsula, joined another Australian column and swung north-east in an attempt to encircle the ridge. The Australians driving along the east coast reported that Japanese resistance had begun to slacken.

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BORNEO ADVANCES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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BORNEO ADVANCES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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