Today in World War II History—Sept. 16, 1943 POSTED: Sunday, September 16, 2018 by Sarah Sundin Australian troops debarking from LST landing ships for the occupation of Lae, New Guinea, September 1943 (US Army Center of Military History) 75 Years Ago—Sept. 16, 1943: Australians take Lae on New Guinea. Soviets take Novgorod and Novorossisk, Russia. Danish Freedom Council (Frihedsrådet) established to organize resistance groups, with British SOE support.