List of World War II battles involving the United States

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This is a list of all battles involving the United States during World War II.

Name Start Date End Date Location Campaign U.S. Casualties Opposing Force
Battle of the Atlantic September 3, 1939 May 8, 1945 Atlantic Ocean, North Sea, Irish Sea, Labrador Sea, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Outer Banks, Arctic Ocean Around 18,000 sailors and merchant seamen killed [1][2] Germany Japan (Speculated), Unknown
Operation Torch November 8, 1942 November 10, 1942 Morocco and Algeria North African Campaign 1,200
(479 killed, 720 wounded)[3]
Germany
Battle of the Kasserine Pass February 19, 1943 February 25, 1943 Kasserine Pass, Tunisia Tunisia Campaign 6,500
(1,000+ killed)[3][4]<
Germany and Italy
Battle of El Guettar March 23, 1943 April 7, 1943 El Guettar, Tunisia Tunisia Campaign ~5,000[5] Germany and Italy
Battle of Sicily July 9, 1943 August 17, 1943 Sicily, Italy Italian Campaign 9,195
(2,572 killed, 5,946 wounded and 1,012 captured or missing)[6]
Germany and Italy
Battle of Salerno September 9, 1943 September 16, 1943 Salerno, Italy Italian Campaign 4,870[7] Germany and Italy
Battle of Monte Cassino January 17, 1944 May 18, 1944 Monte Cassino, Italy Italian Campaign 100,000+ (Total allied casualties)[3] Germany
Battle of Anzio January 22, 1944 June 5, 1944 Anzio and Nettuno, Italy Italian Campaign 23,173
(5,538 killed, 15,558 wounded and 2,947 captured or missing)[8]
Germany
Battle of Normandy June 6, 1944 July 24, 1944 Normandy, France Operation Overlord 63,360
(16,293 killed, 43,221 wounded and 6,180 captured or missing)[8]
Germany
Battle for Brest August 7, 1944 September 19, 1944 Brittany, France Operation Overlord ~4,000[9] Germany
Operation Dragoon August 15, 1944 September 14, 1944 Southern France Operation Overlord 15,574
(7,301 killed, 5,804 wounded, 3,098 captured or missing)[6]
Germany
Battle of Metz September, 1944 December, 1944 Metz, France Siegfried Line campaign Germany
Battle of Nancy September 5, 1944 September 15, 1944 Nancy, France Siegfried Line campaign 2,851+[3] Germany
Operation Market Garden September 17, 1944 September 25, 1944 The Netherlands Siegfried Line campaign 3,974[3] Germany
Battle of Hürtgen Forest September 19, 1944 February 10, 1945 Hurtgen Forest, German-Belgian border Siegfried Line campaign 33,000[3] Germany
Battle of Aachen October 2, 1944 October 21, 1944 Aachen, Germany Siegfried Line campaign 5,000[3] Germany
Battle of the Bulge December 16, 1944 January 25, 1945 The Ardennes, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany Siegfried Line campaign 89,500
(19,000 killed, 47,500 wounded, 23,000 missing)[10]
Germany
Operation Nordwind January 1, 1945 January 25, 1945 Alsace and Lorraine, France Siegfried Line campaign 12,000
(3,000 killed, 9,000 wounded or missing)[11]
Germany
Colmar Pocket January 20, 1945 February 9, 1945 Alsace, France Siegfried Line campaign 8,000[3] Germany
Ruhr Pocket March 7, 1945 April 21, 1945 Ruhr Area, Germany Western Allied invasion of Germany Germany
Operation Varsity March 24, 1945 Wesel, Germany Western Allied invasion of Germany 2,700[3] Germany
Spring 1945 offensive in Italy April 6, 1945 May 2, 1945 Northern Italy Italian Campaign 16,258
(1,288 killed, 15,453 wounded and 93 missing)[3]
Germany
Attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States 3,592
(2,345 killed and 1,247 wounded)[3]
Japan
Battle of Wake Island December 8, 1941 December 23, 1941 Wake Island 627
(130 killed, 49 wounded and 448 captured)[3]
Japan
Battle of Bataan January 7, 1942 April 9, 1942 Bataan Peninsula, Philippines Philippines Campaign (1941–1942) 15,000 captured and interned[3] Japan
Doolittle Raid April 18, 1942 Tokyo and other Japanese cities 3 killed and 8 later died in captivity/executed Japan
Battle of the Coral Sea May 4, 1942 May 8, 1942 Coral Sea, between Australia, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands New Guinea campaign 656 killed Japan
Battle of Midway June 3, 1942 June 7, 1942 Near Midway Atoll 307 killed[12] Japan
Battle of Guadalcanal August 7, 1942 February 9, 1943 Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands Solomon Islands campaign ~6,000
(1,600 killed, 4,400 wounded and missing)[13]
Japan
Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands October 25, 1942 October 27, 1942 Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands Solomon Islands campaign 266 killed[3] Japan
Battle of Tarawa November 20, 1943 November 23, 1943 Betio, Tarawa Atoll Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign 3,296
(1,000 killed and 2,296 wounded)[3]
Japan
Battle of Kwajalein January 31, 1944 February 3, 1944 Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands Gilbert and Marshall Islands campaign 1,964
(372 killed and 1,592 wounded)[3]
Japan
Battle of Saipan June 15, 1944 July 9, 1944 Saipan, Mariana Islands Mariana and Palau Islands campaign 13,313
(2,949 killed and 10,364 wounded)[3]
Japan
Battle of Guam (1944) July 21, 1944 August 8, 1944 Guam, Mariana Islands Mariana and Palau Islands campaign 7,800
(1,747 killed and 6,053 wounded)[3]
Japan
Battle of Peleliu September 15, 1944 November 27, 1944 Peleliu, Palau Islands Mariana and Palau Islands campaign 9,804
(1,794 killed and 8,010 wounded)[3]
Japan
Battle of Angaur September 17, 1944 September 30, 1944 Angaur, Palau Islands Mariana and Palau Islands campaign 260 killed[3] Japan
Battle of Leyte Gulf October 23, 1944 October 26, 1944 Leyte Gulf, The Philippines Philippines campaign (1944–45) ~1,500 killed[3] Japan
Battle of Luzon January 9, 1945 August 15, 1945 Luzon, Philippines Philippines campaign (1944–45) ~37,870
(8,310 killed and 29,560 wounded)[3]
Japan
Battle of Manila February 3, 1945 March 3, 1945 Manila, Philippines Philippines campaign (1944–45) 6,575
(1,010 killed and 5,565 wounded)[3]
Japan
Battle of Iwo Jima February 19, 1945 March 26, 1945 Iwo Jima, Japan Volcano and Ryukyu Islands campaign 26,038
(6,821 killed and 19,217 wounded)[3]
Japan
Battle of Okinawa April 1, 1945 June 22, 1945 Okinawa, Japan Volcano and Ryukyu Islands campaign 51,429
(12,513 killed and 38,916 wounded)[3]
Japan

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.usmm.org/casualty.html U.S. Merchant Marine Casualties during World War II
  2. ^ http://www.history.navy.mil/library/online/ww2_statistics.htm#active_enl US Navy Personnel in World War II: Service and Casualty Statistics[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y References in the article
  4. ^ http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=6712 History.com
  5. ^ Zaloga, S, (2005), Kasserine Pass 1943: Rommel's Last Victory. Osprey Publishing
  6. ^ a b http://cgsc.cdmhost.com/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/p4013coll8&CISOPTR=130&REC=2 Army Battle Casualties and Nonbattle deaths in World War II p.93
  7. ^ http://www.history.army.mil/books/wwii/salerno/sal-conclusion.htm
  8. ^ a b http://cgsc.cdmhost.com/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/p4013coll8&CISOPTR=130&REC=2 Army Battle Casualties and Nonbattle deaths in World War II p.92
  9. ^ http://www.germanwarmachine.com/info_43.html
  10. ^ http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=24591 United States Department of Defense
  11. ^ Smith and Clark, Riviera To The Rhine, p. 527.
  12. ^ http://ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/USN-CN-Midway/USN-CN-Midway-13.html#our The Battle of Midway
  13. ^ Shaw, A, (2002), World War II: Day by Day. Grange Books, p. 105