World War 2 Battles and Maps 1941 - 1945 Pacific Theater

 

The following map plots the locations of the 131 significant World War II battles and campaigns in the Pacific theater from 1941-1945. Below the map is a listing of the significant Pacific theater battles and campaigns sorted by date. A map and list of battles in the European and African theaters from 1939-1942 is located here. A map and list of battles in the European and African theaters from 1943-1945 is located here.

 

 

 

World War II Battles and Campaigns in the Pacific Theater:

 

Battle/Campaign
Location
Dates
Info
       

1941

     
Attack on Pearl Harbor
Hawaii
December 7, 1941
Japanese Invasion of Thailand
Thailand
December 8, 1941
First Battle of Guam
Guam
December 8 - 10, 1941
Battle of Wake Island
Wake Island
December 8 - 23, 1941
Battle of Hong Kong
Hong Kong
December 8 - 25, 1941
Battle of Malaya
British Malaya
December 8, 1941 - January 31, 1942
Sinking of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse
South China Sea
December 10, 1941
Battle of Borneo
Borneo Island
December 13, 1941 - April 1, 1942

1942

     
Battle of Bataan
Philippines
January 7 - April 9, 1942
Battle of Tarakan
Tarakan Island
January 11 - 12, 1942
Battle of Manado
Dutch East Indies
January 11-13, 1942
Japanese Conquest of Burma
Burma
January 15 - May 27, 1942
Battle of Rabaul
New Britain Island
January 23, 1942
Battle of Balikpapan
Borneo Island
January 23 - 24, 1942
Battle of Ambon
Dutch East Indies
January 30 - February 3, 1942
Battle of Singapore
Singapore
January 31 - February 15, 1942
Battle of Makassar Strait
Dutch East Indies
February 4, 1942
Battle of Palembang
Sumatra, Island
February 13 - 15, 1942
Battle of Badung Strait
Dutch East Indies
February 18 - 19, 1942
Bombing of Darwin
Australia
February 19, 1942
Battle of Timor
Netherlands Timor
February 19, 1942 - February 1, 1943
Battle of the Java Sea
Dutch East Indies
February 27, 1942
Battle of Sunda Strait
Dutch East Indies
February 28 - March 1, 1942
Battle of Java
Java
February 28 - March 12, 1942
Second Battle of the Java Sea
Dutch East Indies
March 1, 1942
Battle of Christmas Island
Christmas Island
March 31 - April 1, 1942
Indian Ocean Raid
Indian Ocean
March 31 - April 10, 1942
The Doolittle Raid
Japan
April 18, 1942
Invasion of Tulagi
Solomon Islands
May 3 - 4, 1942
Battle of the Coral Sea
Coral Sea
May 4 - 8, 1942
Battle of Corregidor
Philippines
May 5 - 6, 1942
Battle of Dutch Harbor
Alaska
June 3 - 4, 1942
Battle of Midway
Near Midway Island
June 4 - 7, 1942
Kokoda Track Campaign
New Guinea
July 21 - November 16, 1942
Battle of Tulagi and Gavutu–Tanambogo
Solomon Islands
August 7 - 9, 1942
Battle of Savo Island
Solomon Islands
August 8 - 9, 1942
Battle of the Tenaru
Guadalcanal
August 21, 1942
Battle of the Eastern Solomons
Off Santa Isabel Island
August 24 - 25, 1942
Battle of Milne Bay
New Guinea
August 25 - September 7, 1942
Battle of Edson's Ridge
Guadalcanal
September 11 - 14, 1942
Second Battle of the Matanikau
Guadalcanal
September 23 - 27, 1942
Third Battle of the Matanikau
Guadalcanal
October 7 - 9, 1942
Battle of Cape Esperance
Solomon Islands
October 11 - 12, 1942
Battle for Henderson Field
Guadalcanal
October 23 - 26, 1942
Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands
Solomon Islands
October 25 - 27, 1942
Fourth Battle of the Matanikau
Guadalcanal
November 1 - 4, 1942
Koli Point Action
Guadalcanal
November 3 - 12, 1942
Carlson's Patrol
Guadalcanal
November 6 - December 4, 1942
Naval Battle of Guadalcanal
Off Savo Island
November 12 - 15, 1942
Battle of Buna–Gona
New Guinea
November 16, 1942 - January 22, 1943
Battle of Tassafaronga
Off Guadalcanal
November 30, 1942
Battle of the Gifu
Guadalcanal
December 15, 1942 - January 23, 1943
Arakan Campaign
Burma
December 17, 1942 - May 11, 1943

1943

     
Battle of Rennell Island
Off Solomon Islands
January 29 - 30, 1943
Battle of Wau
New Guinea
January 29 - 31, 1943
Battle of the Bismarck Sea
Off New Guinea
March 2 - 4, 1943
Battle of Blackett Strait
Off Kolombangara Island
March 6, 1943
The Battle of the Komandorski Islands
Off Komandorski Islands
March 27, 1943
Salamaua–Lae Campaign
New Guinea
April 22 - September 16, 1943
Battle of Attu
Attu Island, Alaska
May 11 - 30, 1943
Battle of Kula Gulf
Off Kolombangara Island
July 6, 1943
Battle of Kolombangara
Off Kolombangara Island
July 12 - 13, 1943
New Georgia Campaign
New Georgia Islands
June 20 - August 25, 1943
Battle of Vella Gulf
Off Kolombangara Island
August 6 - 7, 1943
Operation Cottage
Kiska Island, Alaska
August 15, 1943
Battle of Vella Lavella
Vella Lavella Island
August 15 - October 9, 1943
Battle off Horaniu
North of Vella Lavella
August 17, 1943
Finisterre Range Campaign
New Guinea
September 19, 1943 - April 24, 1944
Huon Peninsula Campaign
New Guinea
September 22, 1943 - January 15, 1944
Naval Battle of Vella Lavella
North of Vella Lavella
October 6, 1943
Battle of the Treasury Islands
Solomon Islands
October 27 - November 12, 1943
Raid on Choiseul
Solomon Islands
October 28 - November 3, 1943
Battle of Empress Augusta Bay
Off Bougainville Island
November 1 - 2, 1943
Bombing of Rabaul
New Britain Island
November 1 - 11, 1943
Bougainville Campaign
Bougainville Island
November 1, 1943 - August 21, 1945
Battle of Tarawa
Tarawa
November 20 - 23, 1943
Battle of Makin
Gilbert Islands
November 20 - 24, 1943
Battle of Cape St. George
North of Bougainville
November 26, 1943
Battle of Arawe
New Britain Island
December 15, 1943 - January 16, 1944
Battle of Cape Gloucester
New Britain Island
December 26, 1943 - April 22, 1944

1944

     
Landing at Saidor
New Guinea
January 2 - February 10, 1944
Battle of the Green Islands
Green Islands
January 29 - February 27, 1944
Battle of Kwajalein
Marshall, Islands
January 31 - February 3, 1944
Battle of the Admin Box
Burma
February 5 - 23, 1944
Operation Hailstone
Truk, Caroline Islands
February 17 - 18, 1944
Battle of Eniwetok
Marshall Islands
February 17 - 23, 1944
Admiralty Islands Campaign
Admiralty Islands
February 29 - May 18, 1944
Battle of Imphal
Imphal, Manipur, India
March 8 - July 3, 1944
Battle of Sangshak
Manipur, India
March 20 - 26, 1944
Battle of Kohima
Kohima, Nagaland, India
April 4 - June 22, 1944
Operation Cockpit
Sandbag Island
April 19, 1944
Operation Reckless
New Guinea
April 21 - 27, 1944
Operation Persecution
New Guinea
April 22, 1944
Battle of Wakde
New Guinea
May 15 - 18, 1944
Operation Transom
Java
May 17, 1944
Battle of Biak
Biak Island
May 27 - June 20, 1944
Battle of Lone Tree Hill
New Guinea
June 14 - September 1, 1944
Battle of Saipan
Saipan, Mariana Islands
June 15 - July 9, 1944
Battle of the Philippine Sea
West of Guam
June 19 - 20, 1944
Battle of Noemfoor
Noemfoor Island
July 2 - August 31, 1944
Battle of Driniumor River
New Guinea
July 10 - August 25, 1944
Second Battle of Guam
Guam
July 21 - August 8, 1944
Battle of Tinian
Tinian, Mariana Islands
July 24 - August 1, 1944
Battle of Morotai
Dutch East Indies
September 15 - October 4, 1944
Battle of Peleliu
Palau Islands
September 15 - November 27, 1944
Battle of Angaur
Palau Islands
September 17 - 30, 1944
Battle of Leyte
Philippines
October 20 - December 31, 1944
Battle of Leyte Gulf
Philippines
October 23 - 26, 1944
Battle off Samar
Philippines
October 25, 1944
Aitape-Wewak Campaign
New Guinea
November 1, 1944 - August 13, 1945
Battle of Ormoc Bay
Philippines
November 11 - December 21, 1944

1945

     
Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
Philippines
January 9, 1945
Battle of Luzon
Philippines
January 9 - August 15, 1945
Battles of Meiktila and Mandalay
Burma
January 14 - March 28, 1945
Operation Meridian
Sumatra Island
January 24, 1945
Battle for the Recapture of Bataan
Philippines
January 31 - February 8, 1945
Battle of Manila
Philippines
February 3 - March 3, 1945
Battle of Pokoku and Irrawaddy River Operations
Burma
February 4 - May 13, 1945
Battle of Iwo Jima
Iwo Jima
February 19 - March 26, 1945
Battle of Mindanao
Philippines
March 10 - August 15, 1945
Battle of the Visayas
Philippines
March 18 - July 30, 1945
Battle of Okinawa
Okinawa
April 1 - June 23, 1945
Operation Ten-Go
South of Kyushu Island
April 7, 1945
Battle of Tarakan
Borneo
May 1 - June 21, 1945
Battle of the Malacca Strait
Off Sumatra Island
May 15 - 16, 1945
Operation Oboe Six
North Borneo
June 10 - August 15, 1945
Battle of North Borneo
North Borneo
June 16 - August 15, 1945
Battle of Balikpapan
Borneo
July 1 - 21, 1945
Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima
Japan
August 6, 1945
Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki
Japan
August 9, 1945
Soviet Invasion of Manchuria
Manchuria
August 9 - 20, 1945
V-J Day
 
September 2, 1945

 

 

 

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