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Matsuwa


Relief map of Matsuwa

Matsuwa (153.272E 48.05N) is an island in the Kurilesmidway along the chain. The island is a little over seven miles (11km) long and is dominated by Sarychev Peak (4720' or 1440m), one of the most active volcanoes in the Kurile chain. It had a small air and naval base, which by March 1944 had 4000' (1200m) and 3280' (1000m) runways.

The island was bombarded by a cruiser-destroyer group on 13 June 1944. The timing suggests that this was intended as a diversion from the American landings at Saipan on 14 June.

References

NASA Earth Observatory (2009l; accessed 2012-12-24)

OPNAV P-03-100 (1946-11-12; accessed 2012-12-24)

Sommerville (1989)


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