Battle of Wickham Anchorage


Battle of Wickham Anchorage

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Battle of Wickham Anchorage


caption= A 105mm gun crew from the US Army's 152nd Field Artillery Battalion supports the assault on Wickham Anchorage on or around July 1, 1943.
partof=the Pacific Theater of World War II
date= June 30, 1943 – July 3, 1943
place=Vangunu, Solomon Islands
result=US victory
combatant1= flagicon|USA|1912 United States
combatant2= flagicon|Japan|alt Empire of Japan
commander1= Richmond K. Turner
John H. Hester
Lester E. Brown
James R. Clark
commander2= Minoru Sasaki
Genjiro Hirata
strength1=1,000 [Miller, p. 83.]
strength2=100-200 [Miller, p. 83.]
casualties1=20-30 killed [Miller, p. 83.]
casualties2=100 killed [Miller, p. 83.] |

The Battle of Wickham Anchorage took place during the New Georgia Campaign in the Solomon Islands during the Pacific War from June 30, 1943 – July 3, 1943. In the battle, a force of United States Marine Corps Raiders and United States Army soldiers landed by ship in Wickham Anchorage on Vangunu Island and attacked a garrison of Imperial Japanese Navy and Army troops. The purpose of the attack by the US was to secure the lines of communication and supply between Allied forces involved in the New Georgia Campaign and Allied bases in the southern Solomons. The US forces were successful in driving the Japanese garrison from the area and securing the anchorage.

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