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D-Day in the Pacific : The Battle of Saipan

By (author) Harold J. Goldberg

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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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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 162.6 x 241.3 x 27.9mm | 589.68g
  • 01 Jun 2007
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN
  • English
  • Annotated
  • annotated edition
  • 34
  • 0253348692
  • 9780253348692
  • 659,969

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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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"The book's great strength is in its collected recollections of US participants, chiefly former Marines. This alone would commend its publication.!" Spencer C. Tucker

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