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List of Empire of Japan battles in the World War II, listed alphabetically with photos, images, and maps when possible. Every major battle, skirmish, or conflict in World War II involving the Empire of Japan is included here, along with information like exactly where the battle took place. If you want to learn even more about these World War II battles that involved World War II you can click on the names of the battles for more information.

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Action of 11 January 1944 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Action of 11 January 1944 Indian Ocean - The Action of 11 January 1944 was a minor naval action that resulted in the sinking of the light cruiser Kuma of the Imperial Japanese Navy by the British Royal Navy submarine HMS Tally-Ho. Kuma ...more

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Action of 13 November 1943 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Action of 13 November 1943 Indian Ocean - The Action of 13 November 1943 was a submarine engagement of World War II. It resulted in the sinking of the Japanese Navy's Kaidai Junsen Type B1 submarine I-34 in the Strait of Malacca by the ...more

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Action of 17 July 1944 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Action of 17 July 1944 Indian Ocean - The Action of 17 July 1944 was a submarine engagement of World War II. It resulted in the sinking of the Japanese Navy's Kadai class submarine I-166 in the Strait of Malacca by the British Royal ...more

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Action of 8 June 1945 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Action of 8 June 1945 Java Sea - The Action of 8 June 1945, sometimes called the Sinking of the Ashigara was a naval action that resulted in the sinking of the heavy cruiser Ashigara of the Imperial Japanese Navy by the British ...more

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Action of 9 February 1945 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Action of 9 February 1945 Atlantic Ocean - The Action of 9 February 1945 refers to the sinking of the German U-boat U-864 in the North Sea off the Norwegian coast during the Second World War by the Royal Navy submarine HMS Venturer. This ...more

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Action off Bougainville is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Action off Bougainville Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands - The Action off Bougainville was a naval and air engagement on the South Pacific Theater of World War II near Bougainville, Papua New Guinea on 20 February 1942. A United States Navy aircraft ...more

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Aitape–Wewak campaign is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Sepik River - The Aitape–Wewak campaign was one of the final campaigns of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Between November 1944 and the end of the war in August 1945, the Australian 6th Division, with ...more

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Attack on Broome is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Broome, Australia - The town of Broome, Western Australia was attacked by Japanese fighter planes on 3 March 1942, during World War II. At least 88 people were killed. Although Broome was a small pearling port at ...more

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Attack on Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States of America - The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, ...more

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Attack on Sydney Harbour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Attack on Sydney Harbour Port Jackson, Sydney, Australia - In late May and early June 1942, during World War II, submarines belonging to the Imperial Japanese Navy made a series of attacks on the cities of Sydney and Newcastle in New South Wales, ...more

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Battle for Henderson Field is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands - The Battle for Henderson Field, also known as the Battle of Henderson Field or Battle of Lunga Point by the Japanese, took place from 23–26 October 1942 on and around Guadalcanal in the Solomon ...more

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Battle of Manila is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Battle of Manila Manila, Philippines - The Battle of Manila, also known as the Liberation of Manila, fought between American plus Filipino joined forces and Japanese forces in Manila from 3 February - 3 March 1945, was part of the ...more

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Battle of Bataan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Bataan Peninsula, Philippines - The Battle for the Recapture of Bataan from 31 January to 21 February 1945, by US forces and Allied Filipino guerrillas from the Japanese, part of the campaign for the liberation of the ...more

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Battle of Ambon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Maluku Islands, Indonesia - The Battle of Ambon occurred on the island of Ambon in the Dutch East Indies, during World War II. A Japanese invasion was resisted by Dutch and Australian forces. The chaotic and sometimes ...more

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Battle of Arawe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
New Britain, Papua New Guinea - The Battle of Arawe was fought between Allied and Japanese forces during the New Britain Campaign of World War II. The battle formed part of the Allied Operation Cartwheel, and had the objective ...more

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Battle of Attu is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States of America - The Battle of Attu, which took place from 11–30 May 1943, was fought between forces of the United States, aided by Canadian reconnaissance and fighter-bomber support, and the Empire of Japan on ...more

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Battle of Badung Strait is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Battle of Badung Strait Bali, Indonesia - The Battle of Badung Strait was a naval battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the night of 19/20 February 1942 in Badung Strait between the American-British-Dutch-Australian ...more

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Battle of Bairoko is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
New Georgia, Solomon Islands - 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 ...more

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Battle of Blackett Strait is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Blackett Strait - The Battle of Blackett Strait was a naval battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on 6 March 1943 in the Blackett Strait, between Kolombangara islands and Arundel Island in the ...more

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Battle of Borneo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Borneo - The Battle of Borneo was a successful campaign by Japanese Imperial forces for control of Borneo island and concentrated mainly on the subjugation of the Kingdom of Sarawak, Brunei, North ...more

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Battle of Buna–Gona is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Gona, Papua New Guinea - The Battle of Buna–Gona was part of the New Guinea campaign in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. It followed from the conclusion of the Kokoda Track campaign and lasted from 16 November ...more

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Battle of Cape Gloucester is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
New Britain, Papua New Guinea - The Battle of Cape Gloucester was a battle in the Pacific theater of World War II between Japanese and Allied forces which took place on the island of New Britain, Territory of New Guinea, ...more

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Battle of Cape St. George is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands - The Battle of Cape St. George was a naval battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II fought on 25 November 1943, between Cape St. George, New Ireland, and Buka Island. It was the last ...more

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Battle of Central Henan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Battle of Central Henan Henan, China - The Battle of Central Henan, was the first offensive in the Japanese Operation Ichi-Go during the Second Sino-Japanese War. In the Battle of Central Henan, 390,000 Chinese soldiers, led by ...more

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Battle of Changsha (1944) is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Changsha, China - The Battle of Changsha (1944), was an invasion of the Chinese province of Hunan by Japanese troops near the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War. As such, it encompasses three separate conflicts: ...more

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Battle of Changsha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Changsha, China - The Battle of Changsha was Japan's second attempt at taking the city of Changsha, China, the capital of Hunan Province, as part of the Second Sino-Japanese War.

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Battle of Changsha is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Battle of Changsha Changsha, China - The third Battle of Changsha was the first major invasion in China by Imperial Japanese forces following the Japanese attack on the Western Allies. The offensive was originally intended to ...more

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Battle of Christmas Island is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Christmas Island, Australia - The Battle of Christmas Island was a small engagement which began on 31 March 1942, during World War II. Because of a mutiny by Indian soldiers against their British officers, Japanese troops ...more

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Battle of Dutch Harbor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States of America - The Battle of Dutch Harbor took place on 3–4 June 1942, when the Imperial Japanese Navy launched two aircraft carrier raids on the United States Army barracks and the United States Navy base at ...more

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Battle of Edson's Ridge is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands - The Battle of Edson's Ridge, also known as the Battle of the Bloody Ridge, Battle of Raiders Ridge, and Battle of the Ridge, was a land battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II between ...more

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Battle of Eniwetok is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Enewetak Atoll - The Battle of Eniwetok was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought between 17 February 1944 and 23 February 1944, on Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

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Battle of Enogai is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
New Georgia, Solomon Islands - The Battle of Enogai was a battle between United States and Imperial Japanese Army and Navy forces on 10-11 July 1943 during the New Georgia Campaign in the Solomon Islands during the Pacific ...more

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Battle of Finschhafen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Battle of Finschhafen Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea - The Battle of Finschhafen was part of the Huon Peninsula campaign during the Second World War between September and October 1943 between Australian and Japanese forces. The operation to capture ...more

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Battle of Goodenough Island is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Battle of Goodenough Island Goodenough Island, Papua New Guinea - The Battle of Goodenough Island, also known as Operation Drake, was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II. The Allies attacked the Kaigun Rikusentai stranded on Goodenough Island, ...more

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Battle of Guam is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Mariana Islands - The Second Battle of Guam was the American capture of the Japanese held island of Guam, a United States territory during the Pacific campaign of World War II.

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Battle of Guam is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Pacific Ocean - The First Battle of Guam was an engagement during the Pacific War in World War II, and took place on 8 December 1941 on Guam in the Mariana Islands between the Empire of Japan and the United ...more

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Battle of Guilin–Liuzhou is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Guangxi, China - The Battle of Guilin–Liuzhou, also known as the Battle of Guiliu was one of the 22 major engagements between the National Revolutionary Army and Imperial Japanese Army during the Second ...more

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Battle of Hong Kong is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
China, Hong Kong - The Battle of Hong Kong, also known as the Defence of Hong Kong and the Fall of Hong Kong, was one of the first battles of the Pacific campaign of World War II. On the same morning as the attack ...more

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Battle of Imphal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Imphal, India - The Battle of Imphal took place in the region around the city of Imphal, the capital of the state of Manipur in northeast India from March until July 1944. Japanese armies attempted to destroy ...more

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Battle of Iwo Jima is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Iwo Jima, Japan - The Battle of Iwo Jima was a major battle in which the United States Armed Forces landed and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The ...more

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Battle of Java is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Java, Indonesia - The Battle of Java was a battle of the Pacific theatre of World War II. It occurred on the island of Java from 28 February-12 March 1942. It involved forces from the Empire of Japan, which ...more

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Battle of Kaiapit is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Territory of New Guinea - The Battle of Kaiapit was an action fought in 1943 between Australian and Japanese forces in New Guinea during the Finisterre Range campaign of World War II. Following the landings at Nadzab and ...more

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Battle of Kohima is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Kohima, India - The Battle of Kohima was the turning point of the Japanese U Go offensive into India in 1944 in the Second World War. The battle was fought in three stages from 4 April to 22 June 1944 around ...more

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Battle of Koromokina Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Oceania - The Battle of the Koromokina Lagoon was fought between the United States Marine Corps and Imperial Japanese Army forces on Bougainville Island. It took place on 7–8 November 1943 during the ...more

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Battle of Kunlun Pass is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Nanning, China - The Battle of Kunlun Pass was a series of struggles between the Japanese and the Chinese in contention for Kunlun Pass, a stragetically important position in Guangxi province, which the Imperial ...more

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Battle of Kwajalein is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands - The Battle of Kwajalein was fought as part of the Pacific campaign of World War II. It took place from 31 January-3 February 1944, on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Employing the ...more

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Battle of Leyte Gulf is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Pacific Ocean - The Battle of Leyte Gulf, formerly known as the Second Battle of the Philippine Sea, is generally considered to be the largest naval battle of World War II and, by some criteria, possibly the ...more

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Battle of Lone Tree Hill is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Battle of Lone Tree Hill The Battle of Lone Tree Hill, also known as the Battle of Wakde-Sarmi, is the name given to a major battle in 1944 in Dutch New Guinea, between United States and Japanese forces. Following the ...more

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Battle of Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Madagascar - The Battle of Madagascar was the British campaign to capture Vichy French-controlled Madagascar during World War II. It began with Operation Ironclad, the seizure of the port of Diego Suarez ...more

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Battle of Makassar Strait is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list World War II Battles Involving the Empire Of Japan
Battle of Makassar Strait Makassar Strait - The Battle of Makassar Strait, also known as the Action of Madura Strait, the Action North of Lombok Strait and the Battle of the Flores Sea, was a naval battle of the Pacific theater of World ...more