Monday, November 01, 2004

On this day in military 1943 and others

On this day in military 1943. The 3rd Marine Division invades the island of Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.

On this day in military 1943. During the night of 1 November - 2 November, US fleet repulses a Japanese navy counterattack at the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay. When the Japanese learned of the landings at Bougainville, they dispatched a fleet of cruisers and destroyers to attack the landings beaches. This fleet ran into an American fleet protecting the landing beaches. Normally, the Japanese were experts at naval night actions, but thanks to radar-guided gunnery for the Americans and inept Japanese sailing, the Japanese lost a light cruiser and a destroyer with other ships damaged. The Americans had some ships damaged, but avoided the lost of any cruisers to Japanese torpedoes.

On this day in military 1951. The Algerian National Liberation Front begins guerilla warfare against the French.


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