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By Harold J. Goldberg

In June 1944 the eye of the country used to be riveted on occasions unfolding in France. yet within the Pacific, the conflict of Saipan was once of severe strategic value. this can be a gripping account of 1 of the main dramatic engagements of worldwide struggle II. The conquest of Saipan and the neighboring island of Tinian used to be a turning element within the struggle within the Pacific because it made the yank victory opposed to Japan inevitable. until eventually this conflict, the japanese endured to think that good fortune within the conflict remained attainable. whereas Japan had suffered critical setbacks as early because the conflict of halfway in 1942, Saipan used to be a part of her internal protection line, so victory used to be crucial. the yank victory at Saipan compelled Japan to start contemplating the truth of defeat. For the american citizens, the seize of Saipan intended safe air bases for the hot B-29s that have been now inside of impressive distance of all jap towns, together with Tokyo.

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These variant tactics would again emerge on Saipan, contributing to the infamous marine-army bureaucratic battle. Nevertheless, in the Gilberts, and especially at Tarawa, the United States learned many lessons about amphibious landings that would be applied to future targets. Americans did not possess adequate intelligence about the Gilberts; marines did not even know about the presence of the coral reef. The Americans approached the beach with an insufficient number of landing vehicles and did not have the information they needed about the tides in that area; as a result, many of the vehicles became hung up on the reef.

It is just as likely that the European sailors stole from the natives. Undoubtedly, serious communication problems prevented the native population from understanding the European concept of trade. More than one hundred years later, in the 1660s, the Spanish began serious missionary work on the islands and gave them their modern name, Las Marianas, in honor of Queen Maria Anna (Mariana), the second wife of King Philip IV. The Marianas remained under Spanish control until 1898, when the United States took possession of Guam in the Spanish-American War.

Although his drinking never interfered with his performance as a naval officer, it increased as the war went on.

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