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American missions against Tarakan
Operation OBOE 1
On May 1, 1945, U. S. Navy Amphibious Group Six landed the Australian Army troops on Tarakan. The landing was covered by a U. S. Navy Task Group commanded by Rear Admiral Russell S Berkley. Additional naval elements were provided by the U. S. Navy 7th Fleet, including Australian ships. The Australian Army Force was based around the 9th Division, 26th Infantry Brigade plus supporting units
The main assault begin at 08:15am with a two battalion front - the 2/23rd Battalion on Green Beach to the right; and the 2/48th Battalion on Red Beach to the left. The 2/24th Battalion in reserve would later land on Green Beach. Naval cover was to provide covering fire until landing craft were 400 yards off shore, and aircraft would attack the beachhead until fifteen minutes before the landing.
The landing was met with very little resistance, but began a bitter struggle against the Japanese defenders who had withdrawn inland. The fighting continued until August 1945, by which time neither the airfield, nor the island's oil producing capablities had been made fully operational.
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