Situated at the northern edge of the Bismarck Sea, the Admiralty Islands shielded the Philippines from any American advance out of the Solomons while also serving to protect eastern New Guinea. In February of 1944 the invasion of the Admiralties was conducted by the dismounted 1st Cavalry Division, which secured the island of Los Negros in early March. Before a follow-up assault on the island of Manus could begin it was deemed necessary to capture the small island of Hauwei to use as an artillery base. The 7th Cavalry Regiment was assigned the task of clearing the island. A landing was conducted by its 2nd Squadron on March 12, but the troopers made little headway against the dug-in defenders. At 1000 the next morning, following the arrival of a medium tank, they set off again across the narrow island to clear out the Japanese positions.
Attacker: American (Elements of Troops C, E & G, 2nd Sqdn, 7th Cavalry Regt)