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D-Day in the Pacific : The Battle of Saipan - Harold J. Goldberg

D-Day in the Pacific

The Battle of Saipan

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2007
ISBN: 9780253348692
Number Of Pages: 276

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In June 1944 the attention of the nation was riveted on events unfolding in France. But in the Pacific, the Battle of Saipan was of extreme strategic importance. This is a gripping account of one of the most dramatic engagements of World War II. The conquest of Saipan and the neighboring island of Tinian was a turning point in the war in the Pacific as it made the American victory against Japan inevitable. Until this battle, the Japanese continued to believe that success in the war remained possible. While Japan had suffered serious setbacks as early as the Battle of Midway in 1942, Saipan was part of her inner defense line, so victory was essential. The American victory at Saipan forced Japan to begin considering the reality of defeat. For the Americans, the capture of Saipan meant secure air bases for the new B-29s that were now within striking distance of all Japanese cities, including Tokyo.

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[U]sing recent interviews he conducted with extant US veterans, [Goldberg] skillfully develops the soldiers' view of the battle for Saipan in an engaging, clearly written and interesting volume that should be recommended to all students studying the Pacific war. October 2009--The Journal of Military History

List of Illustrationsp. ix
List of Mapsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Admiral King and General MacArthurp. 9
The Targetp. 29
Operation Foragerp. 39
"A Condemned Man's Breakfast"p. 52
The 2nd Marine Division Landsp. 61
The 4th Marine Division Landsp. 74
The Great Marianas Turkey Shootp. 90
The 2nd Marine Division Moves Forwardp. 103
The 4th Marine Division Moves Forwardp. 119
Marines under Firep. 131
The 27th Infantry Division on Southern Saipanp. 141
Into Death Valleyp. 154
Gyokusaip. 167
Suicide Cliff and Banzai Cliffp. 195
Tojo and Tinianp. 205
Conclusionp. 210
p. 215
p. 229
p. 239
Notesp. 243
Bibliographyp. 261
Indexp. 267
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ISBN: 9780253348692
ISBN-10: 0253348692
Series: Twentieth-Century Battles
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 1st April 2007
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.93 x 16.76  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Type: Annotated