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Hittokapu Bay (147.63E 44.93N), also known as Tankan Bay, is located on the island of Etorofu in the southern Kuriles. It was the assembly point for the Pearl Harbor strike force, chosen for its isolation, but it played little further role in the war. Facilities were limited to a couple of small concrete wharfs; the Pearl Harbor strike force had to bring oilers to the bay to top off from before sailing.
By August 1945, Etorofu and the nearby islands were defended by 89 Division. However, these offered no resistance to the three Russian naval infantry battalions that landed on 28 August, 13 days after the Japanese surrender.
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