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1940: Destroyer HMS Daring torpedoed, 157 are killed.

1942: The battle of Lumbok Strait results in a Japanese victory, as an Allied naval squadron attempts to prevent the Japanese landing on Bali. The Allies lose 1 Dutch destroyer sunk and 2 Dutch cruisers and a US destroyer damaged. Japanese Carrier based planes raid Darwin in northern Australia, inflicting severe damage to the port.

1942: Under increasing threat of being outflanked by the advancing Japanese, the 17th Indian Division is finally given permission to withdraw across the river Sittang.

1943: A two-day U-boat attack on Convoy ONl16 in the North Atlantic ends with 15 allied ships sunk.

1943: The first Chindit action against Japanese occurs.

1944: Danish saboteurs attack the rail lines round Aarhus.

1944: The U.S. Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force begin "Big Week," a series of heavy bomber attacks against German aircraft production facilities.

1944: The RAF saturates Leipzig, dropping 2,300 tons of bombs, but lose 78 of 823 bombers.

1944: A Japanese convoy is smashed by allied aircraft in the Bismarck Archipelago.

1945: German forces re-establish communications between Königsberg and the port of Pillau, thus again enabling tens of thousands of German refugees to be evacuated to the west by ships of the Kriegsmarine. 'Operation Sonnenwende' is finally ended in the face of ever strengthening Red Army resistance. The operation was a complete military failure, although did show that the German Army could still organise and mount limited counter-attacks.

1945: After a heavy bombardment, 30,000 US Marines land on Iwo Jima, but suffer 2,420 casualties on the first day.

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