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Java Sea - The Battle of the Java Sea, 27 February 1942 was an early naval engagement of World War II in the Pacific. With the beginning of fighting in the Dutch East Indies, Allied forces attempted to unite to slow the Japanese advance south towards Australia. A combined American, British, Dutch, and Australian fleet formed to protect Java. In late February, this fleet's Eastern Strike Force, led by Rear Admiral Karel Doorman, engaged the approaching Japanese in the Java Sea. In the resulting engagement, Doorman doggedly attacked the Japanese but proved unable to halt their advance. The battle concluded with the loss of the light cruisers HNLMS De Ruyter and Java, as well as Doorman's death. In the wake of the fighting, the remaining Allied ships fled. Most were destroyed in separate actions a short time later. (Thoughtgo)
Photo - Java Sea Naval Battle (Warfare History Network)
Map - Japanese Attacks along the Malay Barrier (U.S. Army Center of Military History)/font>
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