Land Battle of Vella Lavella


Land Battle of Vella Lavella

Infobox Military Conflict
conflict=Land Battle of Vella Lavella
partof=the Pacific Theater of World War II


caption=New Zealand soldiers land at Baka Baka, Vella Lavella to relieve the U.S. 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division, on September 17, 1943
date=August 15 to October 9, 1943
place=Vella Lavella in the Solomon Islands
result=Allied victory
combatant1=flag|United States|1912
flag|New Zealand
flagicon|United Kingdom Fiji
combatant2=flag|Empire of Japan
commander1=Theodore S. Wilkinson
Oscar Griswold
H. E. Barrowclough
commander2=
strength1=9,588 [Miller, "Cartwheel", p. 176 & Gillespie, "Official History", p. 128. Ground forces included 5,888 U.S. and 3,700 New Zealanders.]
strength2=700 [Gillespie, "Official History", p. 128 & 139.]
casualties1=150 killed [Gillespie, "Official History", p. 142. Includes ground force and naval support personnel.]
casualties2=200 killed [Gillespie, "Official History", p. 139.]

The Battle of Vella Lavella was fought from August 15 to October 9 of 1943 between Japan and the Allied forces from New Zealand and the United States. Vella Lavella is an island located in the Solomon Islands that had been occupied by Japanese forces. The Allies successfully recaptured the island.

Notes

References

*cite book
last = McGee
first = William L.
authorlink =
coauthors =
year = 2002
chapter = Occupation of Vella Lavella
title = The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943: From Guadalcanal to Bougainville--Pacific War Turning Point, Volume 2 (Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in WWII)
publisher = BMC Publications
location =
id = ISBN 0-9701678-7-3

*cite book
last = Morison
first = Samuel Eliot
authorlink = Samuel Eliot Morison
coauthors =
year = 1958
chapter = Chapter XIII: Vella Lavella
title = Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier", vol. 6 of "History of United States Naval Operations in World War II
publisher = Castle Books
location =
id = 0785813071

*cite book
last = Rottman
first = Gordon L.
authorlink =
coauthors = Dr. Duncan Anderson (consultant editor)
year = 2005
chapter =
title = Japanese Army in World War II: The South Pacific and New Guinea, 1942-43
publisher = Osprey
location = Oxford and New York
id = ISBN 1-84176-870-7

External links

*cite web
last =
first =
authorlink =
coauthors =
date =
year =
month =
url = http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Paci-_N78506.html
title = "The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War, 1939–1945": I: Vella Lavella
format =
work =
pages =
publisher =
language =
accessdate =
accessyear =

*cite web
last = Craven
first = Wesley Frank
authorlink =
coauthors = James Lea Cate
date =
year =
month =
url = http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/AAF/IV/index.html
title = Vol. IV, The Pacific: Guadalcanal to Saipan, August 1942 to July 1944
format =
work = The Army Air Forces in World War II
pages =
publisher = U.S. Office of Air Force History
language =
accessdate = Oct 20
accessyear = 2006

*cite web
last = Hughes
first = Warwick
authorlink =
coauthors = Ray Munro
date =
year =
month =
url = http://au.geocities.com/third_div/index.html
title = 3rd NZ Division in the Pacific
format =
work =
pages =
publisher =
language =
accessdate = 2006-10-18
accessyear =

*cite web
last = Lofgren
first = Stephen J.
authorlink =
coauthors =
date =
year =
month =
url = http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-C-NSolomons/index.html
title = Northern Solomons
format =
work = The U.S. Army Campaigns of World War II
pages = 36
publisher =
language = English
accessdate = October 18
accessyear = 2006

*cite web
last = Melson
first = Charles D.
authorlink =
coauthors =
date =
year = 1993
month =
url = http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/USMC-C-CSol/index.html
title = UP THE SLOT: Marines in the Central Solomons
format =
work = WORLD WAR II COMMEMORATIVE SERIES
pages = 36
publisher = History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
language = English
accessdate = Sept 26
accessyear = 2006

*cite web
last = Miller
first = John, Jr.
authorlink =
coauthors =
date =
year = 1959
month =
url = http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USA/USA-P-Rabaul/index.html
title = CARTWHEEL: The Reduction of Rabaul
format =
work = United States Army in World War II: The War in the Pacific
pages = 418
publisher = Office of the Chief of Military History, U.S. Department of the Army
language = English
accessdate = Oct 20
accessyear = 2006

*cite web
last = Rentz
first = John
authorlink =
coauthors =
date =
year = 1952
month =
url = http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/USMC-M-CSol/USMC-M-CSol-5.html
title = "Marines in the Central Solomons": CHAPTER 5, Central Solomons Mop Up
format =
work =
pages =
publisher = Historical Branch, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps
language = English
accessdate = May 30
accessyear = 2006

*cite web
last = Shaw
first = Henry I.
authorlink =
coauthors = Douglas T. Kane
date =
year = 1963
month =
url = http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/II/index.html
title = Volume II: Isolation of Rabaul
format =
work = History of U.S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II
pages =
publisher =
language =
accessdate = 2006-10-18
accessyear =


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