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Timeline of The War in the Pacific

February American forces take Kwajalein and Majura Atolls in the Marshall Islands.
U.S. planes destroy Japanese bases at Rabaul, on New Britain, and Truk, in the Caroline Islands.
March MacArthur's forces take the Admiralty Islands.
April MacArthur's forces take Hollandia in New Guinea.
June American forces land on Saipan in the Mariana Islands, defended by more than 25,000 Japanese troops.
Battle of the Philippine Sea: American naval forces destroy three Japanese aircraft carriers and 450 aircraft during the invasion of Saipan.
July Americans take Saipan, Tinian, and Guam in the Marianas.
August Japanese troops in New Guinea surrender.
September American forces take the Palau Islands.
October MacArthur's Philippines campaign begins: American forces land on Leyte island. MacArthur wades ashore declaring, "People of the Philippines, I have returned."
Battle of Leyte Gulf: In the largest naval battle of the Pacific War, American forces destroy much of the remaining Japanese navy. The first kamikaze air attacks occur during this battle.
November British forces in Burma begin an offensive.
December Philippines campaign: American forces retake Leyte.

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