Pacific Theatre WW2

Events

Attack On Pearl Harbour

December 7, 1941

The attack on Pearl Harbour happened in the early hours of December 7, 1941.

Battle Of Hong Kong

December 8, 1941 - December 25, 1941

The Battle of Hong Kong, lasted 17 days, and took place in November of 1941.

Aleutian Islands Campaign

June 3, 1942 - August 15, 1943

One of littlest known Campaigns in the Pacific Theatre was the Aleutian Islands Campaign, which took place on a chain of islands off the coast of Alaska, with very harsh weather. The Japanese bombed the port of Dutch Harbour for 2 days in June of 1942, which caused the highest casualties in the campaign. They then subsequently took over 2 if the islands in the chain. The U.S reacted as fast at it could, with countless bombing runs over the Japanese. The turning point was when a U.S submarine sunk 1 destroyer and severely damaged 2 others off the coast. The Americans attacked with 15,000 men including CANADIAN allies. Japan lost only 29 men, but the allies lost around 200 men, all from traps and friendly fire.

Battle Of Midway

June 4, 1942 - June 7, 1942

The Battle of Midway took place between, June 4 and June 7 of 1942. It was a Decisive American victory.

Battle of Guadalcanal

August 7, 1942 - February 9, 1943

The Battle of Guadalcanal was the first major battle in the Pacific Theatre. It began when U.S marines launched a surprise attack on the island, on which the Japanese were building a air base. Eventually taking it by February of 1943, however not without great loss, the six month period took the lives of around two-thirds of the 31,400 Japanese soldiers and killed around 2,000 American Soldiers. Both with significant ship loss.

Battle of Guam

July 21, 1944 - August 8, 1944

The Battle of Guam began on December 8th 1941, and lasted 2 days. In the battle, the Allies only had 550 troops, while Japan engaged with 5,900 troops, killing only 7 Japanese and killing 52 Allied troops. On December 10th, American troops on the island surrendered with little resistance, with the official surrender coming later that day from the governor.

Battle of Leyte Gulf

October 23, 1944 - October 26, 1944

The Battle of Leyte Gulf began in October of 1944, the battle was the biggest naval battle in World War II and is possibly the biggest naval battle of all time. As it featured many battleships and aircraft carriers, in which the Japanese attempted to converge 3 naval forces on Leyte Gulf, trading the Americans, although the plan failed. The battle ended that same month, however not without major losses, especially for Japan, who lost 4 aircraft carriers 2 battleships and 21 other ships, and killing 10,500 Japanese men destroying most of Japan’s surface fleet, including the IJN Battleship Musashi, which was a Yamato-class Battleship, and was the biggest battleship of all time.

Battle of Iwo Jima

February 19, 1945 - March 26, 1945

When the American marines landed on Iwo Jima, they didn’t think anyone was alive due to heavy bombing by American ships. In February, 1945 they landed on the island, but it was too quiet, all of a sudden motors and machine guns began firing on the Americans. The Japanese had 22,000 troops on the island, most of which survived the bombing. The Americans attacked with 70,000 marines. It was a game of cat and mouse due to the many caves around the island. Overall the 5 week campaign killed 7,000 American soldiers, and killing 21,000 Japanese men. This was eventually turned into a movie.

Battle of Okinawa

April 1, 1945 - June 22, 1945

The Battle of Okinawa was the last major battle of World War II and took place on April 1st of 1945.

Dropping Of Little Boy and Fat Man on Japan

August 6, 1945

In 1939 the American’s began working on a Nuclear bomb of their own, mainly because Nazi Germany was also trying to build one. In late-July of 1945 the Japanese government rejected the request from the Allies to surrender. Top military generals wanted to use conventional bombing techniques followed with a massive invasion, which would cause U.S deaths of up to 1 million soldiers. To stop the large amounts of casualties, Truman believed that an Atomic bombing would reduce U.S casualties. On August 6, the U.S dropped the first bomb “Little Boy” , killing 80,000 in Hiroshima, and 3 days later on August 9, the U.S dropped the second bomb”Fat Man” , killing another 40,000 in Nagasaki. The attacks killed tens of thousands of more due to radiation. Japan then agreed to surrender, and on September 2, a formal surrender was signed on the U.S.S Missouri.