In June 1944, the attention of the nation was riveted on the events unfolding in France. But in the Pacific, the Battle of Saipan was of extreme strategic importance. D-Day in the Pacific: The Battle of Saipan 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, making the American victory against Japan inevitable.
Until this battle, the Japanese continued to believe that success remained a possibility. While Japan had suffered serious setbacks as early as the Battle of Midway in 1942, Saipan was part of its inner defense line, and victory was essential. Thus, the American victory at Saipan forced Japan to begin considering the possibility of defeat. For the Americans, the capture of Saipan meant secure air bases for the new B-29s - now within striking distance of Japanese cities, including Tokyo.
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"Using 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." (The Journal of Military History)
"The bloody seizure of Saipan by US amphibious forces in 1944 spelled certain doom for Imperial Japan. Harold Goldberg's riveting story of this conflict brings the dead back to life by blending rigorous research with dramatic narratives by hundreds of survivors. He has written a superb account of a pivotal, little-known, and heart-breaking battle." (Col. Joseph H. Alexander, USMC (ret.), author of Storm Landings: Epic Amphibious Battles in the Central Pacific)
The book was written in a way that made it seem like an amateur pulled together some notes on a battle he took part in. The author seemed to have a grudge against Howlin Mad Smith and perhaps that is justified. But the author spent too much time on this fact and not enough giving context to the actions of the heroes on the field.
No - - there is no excuse for not knowing how to pronounce nautical terms like boatswain's mate - - it is pronounced BO-sun - not Boat Swane. Islands in several island chains were also mis-pronounced. The author also seemed like he was just reading the book (for the first time) - part of this was due to the way it was written, but some of it was just a bad performance.
I WOULD HAVE SPENT LESS TIME ON THE INDICTMENT OF GENERAL H.M. SMITH
Traveler, History buff. Mystery enthusiast. Battlefield explorer.
The appendices regarding Marine Lt. General Holland "Howlin' Mad" Smith and Army Major General Ralph Smith is worth the price of the book alone.
Extremely interesting book. It contains combat stories as well as general military history.
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This is a very good account of the battle. There is a lot of background information on the saipan and the events leading up to the invasion. Would help anyone who is looking for information about World War 2
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