November 23, This day during the World War ll

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November 23, 1943 – The Battle of Makin was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought from 20 November to 23 November 1943, on Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands. The invasion fleet, Task Force 52 (TF 52) commanded by Rear Admiral Richmond K. Turner left Pearl Harbor on 10 November 1943. The landing force, Task Group 52.6, consisted of units of the 27th Infantry Division commanded by Major General Ralph C. Smith, transported by attack transports Neville, Leonard Wood, Calvert, and Pierce; attack cargo ship Alcyone; landing ship dock Belle Grove; and LSTs -31, -78, and -179 of Task Group 52.1. On the eve of invasion, the Japanese garrison on Makin Atoll’s main island, Butaritari, numbered 806 men: 284 naval ground troops of the 6th Special Naval Landing Force, 108 aviation personnel of the 802nd and 952nd Aviation Units, 138 troops of the 111th Pioneers, and 276…

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