D-Days in the Pacific

D-Days in the Pacific

by Donald L. Miller


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Although most people associate the term D-Day with the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, it is military code for the beginning of any offensive operation. In the Pacific theater during World War II there were more than one hundred D-Days. The largest—and last—was the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, which brought together the biggest invasion fleet ever assembled, far larger than that engaged in the Normandy invasion.

D-Days in the Pacific tells the epic story of the campaign waged by American forces to win back the Pacific islands from Japan. Based on eyewitness accounts by the combatants, it covers the entire Pacific struggle from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Pacific war was largely a seaborne offensive fought over immense distances. Many of the amphibious assaults on Japanese-held islands were among the most savagely fought battles in American history: Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, New Guinea, Peleliu, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa.

Generously illustrated with photographs and maps, D-Days in the Pacific is the finest one-volume account of this titanic struggle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743269292
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 03/22/2005
Edition description: Original
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 575,855
Product dimensions: 7.37(w) x 9.12(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Donald L. Miller is the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History Emeritus at Lafayette College and author of ten books, including Vicksburg, and Masters of the Air, currently being made into a television series by Tom Hanks. He has hosted, coproduced, or served as historical consultant for more than thirty television documentaries and has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications.

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D-Days in the Pacific 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
War-buff More than 1 year ago
This book is very enlightening. I had no idea there was this many D-Day landings in the Pacific. It has a good mixture of old accounts as well as many "new" accounts of the happenings on the beaches. Also we get the feelings of the men who were there, not just factual statistics. It is well written and gives you the feeling of being there with the combatants. It is important that we know what really happened on those lonely islands and of the sacrifices of these young (in many cases very young) men during this long and terrible war.
Donogh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not very pleased with this, as it's patently not a history of amphibious operations in the Pacific. It spends more time on the Bataan Death March than the fight over the Philippines in '42. That said it is a good general introduction to the Pacific Theatre, along the lines of Ambrose's works - putting a lot of emphasis on first-hand accounts of veterans to get across the stark-realism of the theatre.
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NightRead549 More than 1 year ago
Recommend you read this book first before you try detail books on the Pacific war with Japan.
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