Their lives were cut short that we might enjoy ours for longer. They may have feared but they did not falter
While I chose to keep the activities in the Solomon Islands area in August intact, action was going on around the rest of Asia and the Pacific as well ____
12 August – Japanese forces in Shantung Province, China took advantage of hostilities between the Communist and Nationalist Forces. The Japanese launched a huge new offensive against the Nationalist troops.
17-25 August – US submarines Nautilus and Argonaut delivered the USMC 2nd Raider Battalion to Makin Island [now known as Butaritari], in the Gilberts. Their mission was to attack enemy installations, gail intelligence and divert attention away from Guadalcanal. They went ashore on 2 beaches in high surf and headed inland. The Japanese garrison was wiped out, but the retrieval of all of the Marines went awry due to high seas, seaplane strafing. As a result, 11 Marines were captured. Koso Abe was later tried and…
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