The Battle of Manado at Manado (also spelled Menado) on the Minahasa peninsula on the northern part of the island of Celebes (now known as Sulawesi), from 11–13 January 1942 was an attempt to open a passage to attack Australia through the eastern part of Dutch East Indies. The 1st Yokosuka SNLF was a paratrooper unit under Commander Toyoaki Horiuchi. The troops flew about 380 miles from Davao, Philippines and jumped over Langoan to capture the airfield. It consisted of 334 men, organized into two rifle companies. The 1st Company attacked Langoan while the 2nd Company captured the seaplane base at Kakas.
Attacker: Japanese (Yokosuka 1 SNLF)
Defender: Dutch (8th East Indies Colonial Infantry Company)