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Bruce Barber (b. 1925), Biak Sunset with Tree, 1945; watercolor on paper, 8 7/16 x 6 3/4 inches

Bruce Barber (b. 1925), Biak Sunset with Tree, 1945; watercolor on paper, 8 7/16 x 6 3/4 inches

The Battle of Biak was part of the New Guinea campaign of World War II, fought between the United States Army and the Japanese Army from 27 May to 17 August 1944. It was part of General Douglas MacArthur's Southwest Pacific command's offensive drive to clear New Guinea in preparation for an invasion of the Philippines. It was the first major effort by the Japanese to allow uncontested landings for the purpose of creating a kill zone inland.