Military Wednesday - Operation Cartwheel

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Wednesday, Oct 19 2011 by

Operation Cartwheel (1943–1944) was a major military strategy for the Allies in the Pacific theater of World War II. Cartwheel was a twin-axis of advance operation, aimed at militarily neutralizing the major Japanese base at Rabaul. The operation was directed by the Supreme Allied Commander in the South West Pacific Area (SWPA)—General Douglas MacArthur—whose forces advanced along the northeast coast of New Guinea and occupied nearby islands. Allied forces from the Pacific Ocean Areas command—under Admiral Chester W. Nimitz—advanced through the Solomon Islands toward Bougainville. The Allied forces involved were from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and various Pacific Islands.

30 June 1943

Woodlark Island (Google Maps)
Woodlark Island
30 June 1943

New Georgia (Google Maps)
New Georgia
15 August 1943

Vella Lavella (Google Maps)
Vella Lavella
5 September 1943

Lae War Cemetery (Google Maps)
Lae War Cemetery

27 October 1943

Treasury Islands (Google Maps)
Treasury Islands
28 October 1943

Choiseul Island (Google Maps)
Choiseul Island
1 November 1943

Bougainville Island (Google Maps)
Bougainville Island
26 December 1943

Cape Gloucester (Tuluvu) (Google Maps)
Cape Gloucester (Tuluvu)
29 February 1944

Admiralty Islands (Google Maps)
Admiralty Islands
20 March 194

Emirau Island (Google Maps)
Emirau Island