Remembering the Battle of Kolombangara

New Zealand Cruiser, HMNZS Leander with 550 crew had been serving as an escort ship in the Pacific, under American command since the previous June. In early July 1943, she was ordered to join the US Navy’s Task Group 36.1 at Tulagi, an island north of Guadalcanal as a replacement for the American cruiser, USS Helena which had sunk at…

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