• Hell Is Upon Us

  • D-Day in the Pacific - Saipan to Guam, June to August 1944
  • By: Victor Brooks
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-25-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

June 14, 1944, just nine days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet steamed towards its own D-Day landing. A huge U.S. flotilla of 800 ships carrying 162,000 men was about to attempt to smash into the outer defenses of the Japanese Empire. Their target was the Marianas Island group, which included Saipan, home to an important Japanese base and a large population of Japanese civilians, and Guam, the first American territory captured in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor.During the next eight weeks, tens of thousands of men, hundreds of airplanes, and dozens of major warships were locked in mortal combat. When it was over, 60,000 Japanese ground troops and most of the carrier air power of the Imperial Navy were annihilated; Japan's leader, Tojo, was thrown out of office in disgrace; and the newly captured enemy airfields were being transformed into launching bases for the B-29s that would carry the conventional and, later, atomic bombs to Japan, turning the land of the Rising Sun into a charred cinder. After the U.S. victory in the Marianas campaign, the road to Tokyo was clearly in sight.
©2007 Victor Brooks; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"This opinionated, profane, and confrontational sailor was a brilliant naval strategist who has rarely received the acclaim he deserves. This is an excellent account of a campaign that guaranteed final victory in the Pacific theater." (Booklist)
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5 out of 5 stars
By J. R. Stubbs on 09-17-10

Great story of an important battle

Brooks account of the various battles in the Marianas is compelling and well researched. And very readable. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the Pacific campaigns.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Garry Schyman on 05-26-18

I think this book does a fabulous j job<br />

I think this practice a fantastic job telling the story of the battles that the US fought against the Japanese in the Marianas. I would recommend this book to anyone

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4 out of 5 stars
By Richard on 12-07-10

An Excellent account

This is a well written and narrated account of war in the pacific following Pearl Harbour (Harbor) up to the atomic bomb. It is a balanced account highlighting US mistakes and internal politics alongside successes. Apart from the continual use of the word 'However' and many comparisons to the American civil war which seem out of place I would thoroughly recommend this book to anybody who wishes to know about war in the pacific. Fascinating.

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