D-Day in the Pacific: The Battle of Saipan (Google eBook)

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Indiana University Press, May 2, 2007 - History - 296 pages
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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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Review: D-Day in the Pacific: The Battle of Saipan (Twentieth-Century Battles)

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This was an interesting look at one of the pivotal battles of World War II in the Pacific. The battle of Saipan was the first move against the inner defenses of Japan. This book gave a good overview mixed with personal accounts. Its a good read if you want to know more about the Pacific theater. Read full review

Review: D-Day in the Pacific: The Battle of Saipan (Twentieth-Century Battles)

User Review  - Goodreads

This was an interesting look at one of the pivotal battles of World War II in the Pacific. The battle of Saipan was the first move against the inner defenses of Japan. This book gave a good overview mixed with personal accounts. Its a good read if you want to know more about the Pacific theater. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
1 ADMIRAL KING AND GENERAL MACARTHUR
9
2 THE TARGET
29
3 OPERATION FORAGER
39
4 A CONDEMNED MANS BREAKFAST
52
5 THE 2ND MARINE DIVISION LANDS
61
6 THE 4TH MARINE DIVISION LANDS
74
7 THE GREAT MARIANAS TURKEY SHOOT
90
12 INTO DEATH VALLEY
154
13 GYOKUSAI
167
14 SUICIDE CLIFF AND BANZAI CLIFF
195
15 TOJO AND TINIAN
205
CONCLUSION
210
HOLLAND SMITH AND THE ARMY
215
COMING HOME
229
PRINCIPAL MILITARY UNITS WITH COMMANDING OFFICERS
242

8 THE 2ND MARINE DIVISION MOVES FORWARD
103
9 THE 4TH MARINE DIVISION MOVES FORWARD
119
10 MARINES UNDER FIRE
131
11 THE 27TH INFANTRY DIVISION ON SOUTHERN SAIPAN
141
NOTES
243
BIBLIOGRAPHY
261
INDEX
267
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Harold J. Goldberg is the David E. Underdown Distinguished Professor of History and Chair of the Asian Studies Program at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

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