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Pacific Victory Tarawa to Okinawa 1943-1945 by Derrick Wright

Pacific Victory Tarawa to Okinawa 1943-1945


Pacific Victory Tarawa to Okinawa 1943-1945 by Derrick Wright

The American `island-hopping' campaign in the Pacific was a crucial factor in the eventual defeat of Japan in 1945. In November 1943, Tarawa tested the doctrine of seaborne assault to the limit in a 76-hour battle. Peleliu in September 1944 was the `unknown battle', where a combination of poor planning, dubious leadership and a major change in Japanese defensive strategy turned what was expected to be a three-day engagement into one of the most savage battles of the war. Iwo Jima in February 1945 was a titanic struggle that eclipsed all these battles, as three Marine divisions fought in appalling conditions against an enemy for whom surrender was not an option. Okinawa was a foretaste of what could be expected in the proposed assault on the Japanese mainland. These battles were all characterised by savage fighting and heavy casualties on both sides. Japanese garrisons often fought to the death and kamikaze air attacks posed grave threats to the supporting US forces. Employing archive colour and black and white photographs, maps and first-hand accounts, the author relates these pivotal battles to the wider struggle against the Japanese in the Pacific.

About the Author

DERRICK WRIGHT'S books on the war in the Pacific include: Tarawa 1943: A Hell of a Way to Die, Tarawa: The Turning of the Tide, Iwo Jima: The Marines Raise the Flag on Mount Suribachi, To The Far Side of Hell: The Battle for Peleliu, 1944 and The Battle for Iwo Jima 1945 (The History Press).

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Publication date

1st August 2010


Derrick Wright

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The History Press Ltd


256 pages


European history
Second World War



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