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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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By jack on 12-18-13
Written like an amateur's account of his battle
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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