Battle of Bairoko

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Battle of Bairoko
Part of the Pacific Theater of World War II
MarinesDragonPeninsula1943.jpg
U.S. Marines cross a creek on the Dragons Peninsula in July 1943.
Date 20 July 1943
Location New Georgia, Solomon Islands
Result Japanese victory
Belligerents
 United States  Japan
Commanders and leaders
Harry B. Liversedge Minoru Sasaki
Saburo Okamura
Strength
2,000 2,000
Casualties and losses
50 killed[1] 33+ killed[1]

The Battle of Bairoko was a battle between American and Imperial Japanese Army and Navy forces on 20 July 1943 during the New Georgia Campaign in the Solomon Islands during the Pacific War. In the battle, U.S. Marine Raiders—supported by two U.S. Army infantry battalions—attacked a Japanese garrison guarding the port of Bairoko on the Dragons Peninsula on New Georgia. The day-long assault on well-prepared Japanese defensive positions by the Americans was unsuccessful.

After calling-off the assault, the Americans withdrew to nearby Enogai. The American forces remained in the Enogai area until the end of the New Georgia Campaign. The Japanese used Bairoko to resupply and reinforce their troops who were guarding an airfield at Munda Point on New Georgia. After the U.S. and its allies successfully captured the airfield, the Japanese evacuated New Georgia and abandoned Bairoko on 24 August.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shaw, p. 143.

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