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Timeline of The War in the Pacific

January Philippines campaign: MacArthur's forces invade Luzon.
February Philippines campaign: Americans retake Bataan.
March Philippines campaign: Americans retake Manila and Corregidor.
U.S. forces take Iwo Jima.
American planes firebomb Tokyo, hoping to force a surrender.
April Australian and American troops begin offensive that will recapture the Dutch East Indies.
Battle of Okinawa: In the final amphibious landing of the war, American forces launch a major attack against more than 130,000 defenders. Okinawa, in the Ryukyus, is the nearest staging point to Japan itself.
May British-led forces in Burma take Meiktila, Mandalay, and Rangoon.
June Battle of Okinawa: American forces retake the island.
Japanese resistance in the Philippines ends.
August American B-29s drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9).
Japan accepts unconditional surrender.
September VJ Day (September 2): Japan formally surrenders.
MacArthur enters Tokyo.


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