On This Date February 17,1944-WW II Battle of Eniwetok begins
February 17, 1944 – World War II – Battle of Eniwetok begins with US forces landing on Canna
and Camelia islets. It was part of a campaign to secure three islands in the Enewetak Atoll
aiming to gain a base with an airfield for future campaigns. American naval warships began an
initial bombardment on the 18th before landing their forces. The island was declared secured by
American command on the 21st. 37 American lives were lost with 94 injured while Japanese
forces counted 800 dead with just 23 prisoners.