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.
What would have made D-Day in the Pacific better?
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.
Has D-Day in the Pacific turned you off from other books in this genre?
Would you be willing to try another one of Gary D. MacFadden’s performances?
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.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from D-Day in the Pacific?
I WOULD HAVE SPENT LESS TIME ON THE INDICTMENT OF GENERAL H.M. SMITH
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UNIMAGINABLE COURAGE IN THE FACE OF A DETERMINED ENEMY....I COULD NOT DO WHAT THEY DID
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.
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