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Battle of Bougainville
Battle of Bougainville
General information
Status Active
Date 1943
Theatre Pacific
Belligerents Naval Ensign of Japan.svg Japan vs USA Flag of the United States.svg
Game Type Objective
Style Naval/aerial
Bougainville minimap

The Bougainville campaign was fought by the Allies in the South Pacific during World War II to regain control of the island of Bougainville from the Japanese forces who had occupied it in 1942. During their occupation the Japanese constructed naval aircraft bases in the north, east, and south of the island; but none in the west. These bases helped protect Rabaul, the major Japanese garrison and naval base in Papua New Guinea, while allowing continued expansion to the south-east, down the Solomon Islands chain, to Guadalcanal.

The Allied campaign, which had two distinct phases, began on 1 November 1943 and ended on 21 August 1945, with the surrender of the Japanese.

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