Wars A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States

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List of United States 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 United States 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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This list answers the question, "What World War II battles was United States involved in?"

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Aitape–Wewak campaign is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Aitape–Wewak campaign 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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Battle for Henderson Field is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle for Henderson Field 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 Bataan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Bataan 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) 4 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Ambon 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) 5 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Arawe 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) 6 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Attu 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 Bairoko is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Bairoko 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) 8 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Blackett Strait 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 Buna–Gona is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Buna–Gona 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 St. George is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Cape St. George 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 Edson's Ridge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Edson's Ridge 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) 12 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Eniwetok 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) 13 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Enogai 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 Guam is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Guam 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 Kaiapit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Kaiapit 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 Koromokina Lagoon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Koromokina Lagoon 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 Kwajalein is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Kwajalein 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) 18 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Leyte Gulf 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 Makin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Makin Gilbert Islands, Kiribati - The Battle of Makin was an engagement of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought from 20 to 23 November 1943, on Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands.

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Battle of Midway is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Midway Midway Atoll, United States of America - The Battle of Midway was a crucial and decisive naval battle in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor and one month ...more

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Battle of Milne Bay is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Milne Bay New Guinea - The Battle of Milne Bay, also known as Operation RE by the Japanese, was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II. Elite Japanese naval troops, known as Kaigun Rikusentai, with tank ...more

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Battle of Mindanao is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Mindanao Mindanao, Philippines - The Battle of Mindanao was fought by United States forces and allied Filipino guerrillas against the Japanese from 10 March - 15 August 1945 at Mindanao island in the Philippine Archipelago, in ...more

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Battle of Mindoro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Mindoro Mindoro, Philippines - The Battle of Mindoro was a battle in World War II between forces of the United States and Japan, in Mindoro Island in the central Philippines, from 13–16 December 1944, during the Philippines ...more

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Battle of Munda Point is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Munda Point New Georgia, Solomon Islands - The Battle of Munda Point was a battle, from 22 July-4 August 1943, between primarily United States Army and Imperial Japanese Army forces during the New Georgia Campaign in the Solomon Islands ...more

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Battle of Northern Burma and W... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Northern Burma and Western Yunnan Yunnan, China - Battle of Northern Burma and Western Yunnan was the name of the Chinese campaign with their allies in the 1943-45 Burma Campaign. The Japanese troops initially had the winning side. However, ...more

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Battle of Okinawa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Okinawa Okinawa Island, Japan - The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and included the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War during World War II. The ...more

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Battle of Peleliu is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Peleliu Peleliu, Palau - The Battle of Peleliu, codenamed Operation Stalemate II by the United States, was fought between the United States and the Empire of Japan in the Pacific Theater of World War II, from ...more

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Battle of Piva Forks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Piva Forks Oceania - The Battle of Piva Forks, also known as the Battle of Numa–Numa Trail, was an engagement that took place during the Bougainville campaign in World War II. Occurring between 18 and 25 November ...more

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Battle of Saipan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Saipan Mariana Islands - The Battle of Saipan was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands from 15 June–9 July 1944. The Allied invasion fleet embarking the ...more

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Battle of Savo Island is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Savo Island Savo Island - The Battle of Savo Island, also known as the First Battle of Savo Island and, in Japanese sources, as the First Battle of the Solomon Sea, and colloquially among Allied Guadalcanal veterans as ...more

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Aleutian Islands Campaign is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Aleutian Islands Campaign Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States of America - The Aleutian Islands Campaign was a struggle over the Aleutian Islands, part of the Alaska Territory, in the American theater and the Pacific theater of World War II starting on 3 June 1942. A ...more

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Battle of the Bismarck Sea is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of the Bismarck Sea Bismarck Sea - The Battle of the Bismarck Sea took place in the South West Pacific Area during World War II when aircraft of the U.S. Fifth Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force attacked a Japanese ...more

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Battle of the Bulge is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of the Bulge Ardennes, Belgium - The Battle of the Bulge was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the ...more

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Battle of the Eastern Solomons is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of the Eastern Solomons Santa Isabel Island, Solomon Islands - The naval Battle of the Eastern Solomons took place on 24–25 August 1942, and was the third carrier battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II and the second major engagement fought between ...more

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Battle of the Green Islands is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of the Green Islands Oceania - The Battle of the Green Islands was fought from 29 January–27 February 1944, between Japan and Allied forces from the New Zealand 3rd Division and the United States. The Green Islands—located ...more

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Battle of the Komandorski Isla... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of the Komandorski Islands Bering Sea - The Battle of the Komandorski Islands was a naval battle between American and Japanese forces which took place on 27 March 1943 in the North Pacific area of the Pacific Ocean, south of the ...more

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Battle of the Mediterranean is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of the Mediterranean Mediterranean Sea - The Battle of the Mediterranean was the name given to the naval campaign fought in the Mediterranean Sea during World War II, from 10 June 1940 to 2 May 1945. For the most part, the campaign was ...more

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Battle of the Santa Cruz Islan... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands Santa Cruz Islands - The Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, 26 October 1942, sometimes referred to as the Battle of Santa Cruz or in Japanese sources as the Battle of the South Pacific, was the fourth carrier battle ...more

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Battle of the Tenaru is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of the Tenaru Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands - The Battle of the Tenaru, sometimes called the Battle of the Ilu River or the Battle of Alligator Creek, was a land battle between the Imperial Japanese Army and Allied ground forces that took ...more

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Battle of Tinian is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Tinian Tinian, Northern Mariana Islands - The Battle of Tinian was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the island of Tinian in the Mariana Islands from 24 July until 1 August 1944. The 9,000-man Japanese garrison ...more

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Battle of Sagami Bay is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Sagami Bay Tokyo Bay - The Battle of Sagami Bay was a World War II anti-shipping raid off the tip of Bōsō Peninsula on the night of 22 July 1945. It was the last surface action of the war. Destroyer Squadron 61 of the ...more

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Battle of Viru Harbor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Viru Harbor New Georgia, Solomon Islands - The Battle of Viru Harbor was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II that took place on New Georgia island during the New Georgia Campaign from 28 June – 1 July 1943. A battalion of ...more

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Battle of Wickham Anchorage is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle of Wickham Anchorage Vangunu - The Battle of Wickham Anchorage took place during the New Georgia Campaign in the Solomon Islands during the Pacific War from 30 June -3 July 1943. In the battle, a force of United States Marine ...more

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Battle off Samar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Battle off Samar Samar, Philippines - The Battle off Samar was the centermost action of the Battle of Leyte Gulf, one of the largest naval battles in history, which took place in the Philippine Sea off Samar Island, in the ...more

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Bombing of Wewak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Bombing of Wewak Wewak, Papua New Guinea - The Bombing of Wewak was a series of air raids by the USAAF Fifth Air Force, on 17–21 August 1943, against the major air base of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force on the mainland of New ...more

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Operation Vengeance is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Operation Vengeance Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands - Operation Vengeance was the American military operation to kill Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto of the Imperial Japanese Navy on April 18, 1943, during the Solomon Islands campaign in the Pacific ...more

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Drive on Munda Point is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Drive on Munda Point New Georgia, Solomon Islands - The Drive on Munda Point was an offensive by mainly United States Army forces against Imperial Japanese forces on New Georgia in the Solomon Islands from 2–17 July 1943. The Japanese forces, ...more

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Finisterre Range campaign is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Finisterre Range campaign Finisterre Range, Papua New Guinea - The Finisterre Range campaign, also known as the Ramu Valley–Finisterre Range campaign, was a series of actions in the New Guinea campaign of World War II. Several actions in the campaign are ...more

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History of Greenland during Wo... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
History of Greenland during World War II Kingdom of Denmark, Greenland - In 1940, Greenland was a Danish colony. The fall of Denmark to German invasion in April 1940 left Greenland in a de facto neutral position but under threat of seizure by Britain or Canada. To ...more

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Huon Peninsula campaign is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list A List of the World War II Battles Involving United States
Huon Peninsula campaign Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea - The Huon Peninsula campaign was a series of battles fought in north-eastern Papua New Guinea in 1943–1944 during the Second World War. The campaign formed the initial part of an offensive that ...more