Saipan: The Battle That Doomed Japan in World War II

Saipan: The Battle That Doomed Japan in World War II

by James H. Hallas


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The story of the Battle of Saipan has it all. Marines at war: on Pacific beaches, in hellish volcanic landscapes in places like Purple Heart Ridge, Death Valley, and Hell’s Pocket, under a commander known as “Howlin’ Mad.” Naval combat: carriers battling carriers from afar, fighters downing Japanese aircraft, submarines sinking carriers. Marine-army rivalry. Fanatical Japanese defense and resistance. A turning point of the Pacific War. James Hallas reconstructs the full panorama of Saipan in a way that no recent chronicler of the battle has done. In its comprehensiveness, attention to detail, scope of research, and ultimate focus on the men who fought and won the battle on the beaches and at and above the sea, it rivals Richard Frank’s modern classic Guadalcanal. This is the definitive military history of the Battle of Saipan.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811738439
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 05/01/2019
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 384,934
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

James H. Hallas is a graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University and has been in the weekly newspaper business for more than thirty years as reporter, editor, and publisher. He is the author of five books: Killing Ground on Okinawa, The Devil's Anvil: The Assault on Peleliu, Squandered Victory: The Battle for St. Mihiel, Doughboy War: The American Expeditionary Force in World War I, and Uncommon Valor on Iwo Jima: The Stories of the Medal of Honor Recipients in the Marine Corps' Bloodiest Battle of World War II. He lives in Portland, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Introduction v

Chapter I Fateful Decisions 1

Chapter II Sharpening the Spear 11

Chapter III Acts of Man or God 37

Chapter IV On to the Westward 51

Chapter V Opening Moves 67

Chapter VI Across the Reef 89

Chapter VII Failed Blitzkrieg 113

Chapter VIII Into the Maelstrom 127

Chapter IX Under the Gun 145

Chapter X Tanks! 163

Chapter XI Toward the Airfield 177

Chapter XII A Gathering of Eagles 193

Chapter XIII Showdown 211

Chapter XIV Mission into Darkness 235

Chapter XV Winners and Losers 253

Chapter XVI Dead Men, Flies, and Thirst 269

Chapter XVII Holland Smith vs. the Army 291

Chapter XVIII Into the Valley 305

Chapter XIX Every Soldier Must Stand His Ground 325

Chapter XX Beyond the Valley 341

Chapter XXI Rabbit Hunt 355

Chapter XXII My Life Is Fluttering Away 369

Chapter XXIII Overrun 385

Chapter XXIV The Killing Fields 407

Chapter XXV The Suicide Cliffs 429

Chapter XXVI The Whirlwind 449

Epilogue: Loose Ends 465

Notes 479

Bibliography 525

Index 543

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