List of military engagements of World War II part 02



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1942

Battle of Bataan
Battle of Dražgoše First direct engagement between Slovenian partisans and German occupying forces.
Battle of Makassar Strait Japanese aircraft raid an American and Dutch convoy.
Battle of Singapore
Battle of Sarimbun Beach
Battle of Kranji
Battle of Bukit Timah
Battle of Pasir Panjang
Battle of the Java Sea Japanese forces wipe out an Allied naval squadron.
Battle of Badung Strait Heavily outnumbered Japanese forces defeat an Allied night-time naval attack.
Battle of Java Japanese forces invade the island of Java
Indian Ocean raid Allied naval forces and shipping incur heavy losses during Japan's Fast Carrier Strike Force sortie.
Battle of Christmas Island The Japanese occupy Christmas Island without any resistance.
Battle of Corregidor Philippines lost to Japan.
Japanese capture of Burma Burma lost to Japan.
Battle of Nanos Eight hundred Italian soldiers lay siege to fifty Slovene partisans.
Doolittle Raid First air raid on Tokyo.
Battle of the Coral Sea First aircraft-carrier vs. aircraft-carrier battle. Japan wins tactically, but loses strategically.
Battle of Bir Hakeim The First Free French Brigade buys Allied forces enough time to prevent a German breakthrough to the Suez Canal.
Battle of Midway Key defeat of Japanese naval forces in the Pacific; the Japanese lose four aircraft-carriers.
Convoy PQ-17 A convoy of thirty-five ships leaves Iceland on June 17, bound for Murmansk. Eleven arrive on July 5.
Battle of the Aleutian Islands Japanese invade and occupy two islands of Alaska's Aleutian archipelago as part of a feint designed to cover the Imperial Fleet's intended trap at Midway. Foreign troops are not expelled from US soil until the following
Attack on Sydney Harbour Japanese midget submarines attack Sydney harbour.
First Battle of El Alamein British Eighth Army stops Rommel's Axis forces invading Egypt.
Second Battle of El Alamein Montgomery's Eighth Army forces Rommel out of Egypt.
Battle of Sevastopol Captured by Germans after eight-month siege.
Battle of Changsha (1942) Chinese claim victory over Japanese.
Kokoda Track Campaign Australians and U.S. for the first time in World War II stop a Japanese offensive, this one to capture Port Moresby.
Battle of Guadalcanal Beginning of Allied action in Solomon Islands.
Battle of Savo Island Japanese sink four US cruisers.
Battle of Dieppe "Operation Jubilee" was an Allied amphibious raid on the German occupied port of Dieppe in France. A tactical disaster for the Allies. However lessons learned applied to later amphibious operations including D-Day.
Battle of Stalingrad City besieged by Paulus' German Sixth Army; from November 23 the Sixth Army is surrounded and destroyed by Soviets; bloodiest battle in history, 1.8 millions dead approx.
Battle of the Eastern Solomons Japanese aircraft carrier Ryūjō sunk.
Battle of Milne Bay First time Japanese landing force had been driven back into sea.
Battle of Buna-Gona Australians and U.S. defeat Japanese on north coast of New Guinea.
Battle of Wau Australians defeat Japanese attempts to capture Wau, New Guinea.
Battle of the Bismarck Sea U.S. and Royal Australian Air Force planes attacked and sink most of a Japanese convoy carrying troops to reinforce Lae, New Guinea.
Salamaua-Lae campaign Australian and U.S. forces capture two major Japanese bases at Lae and at Salamaua.
Operation Cartwheel Operation to neutralize the major Japanese base at Rabaul.
Battle of Cape Esperance near Guadalcanal
Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands near Guadalcanal, USS Hornet (CV-8) sunk.
Operation Torch Allied landings in North Africa and successful Putsch of French Resistance in Algiers to prevent Vichyist forces opposition.
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal US defeats Japan, a turning point.
Battle of Tassafaronga off Guadalcanal
Second Battle of Kharkov Failed Soviet attempt to retake Kharkov.
Battle of Changsha (1942) Second Sino-Japanese War
Battle of Madagascar Allies capture Madagascar from Vichy France.

1943

• Battle of Osankarica About 2000 Germans massacred all 69 men and women of the Pohorje battalion. Germans lost 19 men and had 31 wounded.
Battle of Rennell Island Japanese bombers sink a cruiser.
Third Battle of Kharkov Germans retake Kharkov.
Battle of the Kasserine Pass Battle between US and German armored forces in Tunisia.
Battle of Neretva German Army offensive in southern Bosnia. Offensive launched to encircle and destroy the Yugoslavian Communist Partisan forces found there. Supporting the German forces in this effort were Italian, Ustaše, and Serbian Royalist Chetnik units. The partisans were badly mauled but managed to escape encirclement.
Battle of the Komandorski Islands Naval engagement between US and Japan in the Bering Sea.
Battle of Bismarck Sea United States sinks Japanese transports.
Battle of the Bering Sea United States and Japanese navies fight an inconclusive battle.
Battle of Attu United States troops defeat and drive the Japanese off the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 5,000 Jews and 2,000 Germans die, Jews confined.
Battle of Sutjeska Another attempt by German forces in Yugoslavia, this time supported by Italian, Bulgarian, and Serbian units, to encircle and destroy the Yugoslavian Communist Partisan forces in southern Bosnia. Again, the partisans were mauled but escaped.
Battle of Castle Turjak Slovene partisans took the castle guarded by the Slovene village sentries.
Battle of Kursk Germans attack Kursk salient at Orel and Belgorod, Russians drive them back. Arguably the largest tank battle ever fought.
Allied invasion of Sicily Allies take Sicily from the Italians and German armies.
Allied invasion of Italy Landings at Calabria, Taranto and Salerno.
Dodecanese Campaign
Battle of Kos
Battle of Leros
Allied and German scramble to occupy the Dodecanese Islands.
German amphibious and airborne operation to capture Kos.
German amphibious and airborne operation to capture Leros.
Battle of Smolensk The Soviets attack 850,000 German troops near Smolensk Fortified Region, drive them back inflicting severe losses.
Battle of Kiev (1943) Kiev retaken by Soviets.
Raid on Schweinfurt milestone air battle between the Luftwaffe and the USAAF known as "Black Thursday."
Schweinfurt-Regensburg mission another major daylight air battle, first shuttle mission.
Battle of Berlin Allied failed to defeat the Luftwaffe
Battle of Tarawa First major American amphibious landing in the Pacific.
Battle of Makin Americans capture the atoll of Makin Atoll.
Battle of the Bernhardt Line U.S. 5th Army sustains 16,000 casualties fighting through the Mignano Gap to reach the Cassino defenses.
Moro River Campaign
Battle of Ortona
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