WWII Pacific Theater

The war between the US and Japan between 1941 and 1945.

Major Battles and Events

Pearl Harbor

December 7 1941

The Japanese make a sneak attack on the US on a Sunday. Including Kamikazes, the Japanese only lose 30 men during the assault. Thousands of US sailors were left dead or dying.

The Battle of Coral Sea

May 4 1942 - May 8 1942

The ships never saw one another nor shot at one another. Only aircraft carriers engaged the other nation's aircraft carriers.

Battle of Midway

June 4 1942 - June 7 1942

A horrific defeat for the Japanese navy, the US successfully defeats a Naval force.

The Battle of Guadalcanal

August 7 1942 - February 9 1943

The first major offensive of the Allies in the Pacific.

Battle of Tarawa

November 20 1943 - November 23 1943

The second major offensive made by the Allies in the Pacific.

Battle of Leyte

October 14 1944 - December 31 1944

A battle in which US and Filipino forces worked together to defeat the Japanese.

Battle of Iwo Jima

February 19 1945 - March 26 1945

The battle over Iwo Jima was considered the most brutal and fiercest battle in the Pacific Theatre, where all but 216 of the Japanese soldiers fought to the death or committed suicide.

Battle of Okinawa

April 1 1945 - June 15 1945

An 82-day-long assault on the Japanese Island of Okinawa, the battle was the largest in the Pacific Theater of war. Japan lost at least 100,000 men and thousands of civilians, and the Americans lost over 50,000 troops.

Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 6 1945 - August 9 1945

Only two bombs were dropped by the United States. The Little Boy and the Fat Man were the names of the two atomic bombs released. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were devastated with thousands instantly killed and even thousands more left dead from radiation poisoning and cancer caused by the radiation.