Pacific War Archives

Pacific War

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    The Royal Navy’s Revenge

    In the final days of World War II, the Royal Navy achieved a victory over the Imperial Japanese Navy that restored some measure of the prestige that it had lost early in the war. Driven from the waters of Southeast Asia by a resolute...

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    ‘What good would it do you to survive?’

    The scratchy recorded voice that fought its way out of the oft-repaired speakers had a few more minutes to run. Sixteen-year-old Mitsuharu Nagase had already heard enough to cause tears to flow down his cheeks. He shot a sideward glance at...

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    One Man’s War: Cliff Bennett

    NAME: Cliff Bennett DATE ENTERED SERVICE: April 2, 1943 CAMPAIGNS: China-Burma-India, Air Offensive Japan, China Defense DECORATIONS: Five Campaign Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Asia-Pacific Campaign Medal, Victory Medal The story of the war...

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    Riding a Wildcat into War

    Jack Maas took to the skies with the ‘Cactus Air Force’ during some of the most desperate days of the Guadalcanal campaign. He went on to fight his way across the Pacific…and beyond. For some fighter aces, fame rests primarily or...

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    WWII Book Review: MacArthur’s Victory

    MacArthur’s Victory: The War in New Guinea, 1943-1944 by Harry A. Gailey; Presidio Press, New York, 2004, $14.95. As its subtitle proclaims, MacArthur’s Victory covers the campaign in New Guinea from the capture of Buna in January 1943...

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    Surviving Armageddon

    In the final year of the Pacific War, the Japanese worked undetected on a massive underground fortification project that might have convinced Emperor Hirohito to fight on— even after the atomic bombs were dropped. A mushroom cloud...

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    WWII Perspectives: Novices at War

    Vincennes was an imposing sight when I first saw it tied alongside a pier in the New York Naval Shipyard on January 6, 1942. The heavy cruiser had just arrived with gold shipped from the Bank of South Africa—lest the Nazis capture it. I...

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    A Most Unusual Reunion

    Navy ensign Jim Moore tensed with the rush of adrenaline as the B-24 Liberator flew above Chinese fields at 500 feet early on the morning of August 17, 1945. He was one of six men sent on a daring mission to locate the Weihsien Civilian...

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    Commands: 18th Netherlands East Indies Squadron

    DESIGNATION: 18th Netherlands East Indies Squadron ACTIVATION: April 4, 1942 CAMPAIGNS: New Guinea, New Britain, Dutch East Indies Most members of the 18th Netherlands East Indies Squadron were airmen who had escaped from Dutch possessions...

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    WWII Book Review: The Battle of Leyte Gulf

    The Battle of Leyte Gulf: The Last Fleet Action by H.P. Willmott; Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2005, $35. The great struggle in and around the Philippines in the summer and fall of 1944 is currently burning bright in the American...

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    The Turncoat Who Brought Down an Empire

    The Japanese used hundreds of spies throughout Malaya prior to their invasion in December 1941. Those agents helped the emperor’s generals gather all types of information about terrain, military fortification and readiness of units, road...

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    Dreadnaught’s Fiery Finale

    As the shells from Rear Adm. Jesse Oldendorf’s battleships fell upon Vice Adm. Shoji Nishimura’s dreadnoughts attempting to force a passage of Surigao Strait, an era of naval warfare came to a thunderous end. For much of the Pacific...

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    Secret Camera: A Marine’s View of Hell

    It was December 8, l941. A bitter cold morning from the north wafted across our duty station in Chinwangtao, China. The North China Marines were the only U.S. servicemen left in China. The 1,000 men of the 4th Marines had already left...

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    WWII Book Review: Shattered Sword

    Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway by Jonathan Parshall and Anthony Tully; Potomac Books, Herndon, Va., 2005, $35. The moment is etched in gilt in American history as the “miracle at Midway.” Just as it appears...

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    WWII Book Review: Clash of the Carriers

    Clash of the Carriers: The True Story of the Marianas Turkey Shoot of World War II by Barrett Tillman, New American Library, New York, 2005, $24.95. It is a truism to say that there are two kinds of military history. “Popular history”...

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    WWII Book Review: Hell Is Upon Us

    Hell Is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific—June-August 1944 by Victor Brooks, Da Capo Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2005, $27.50. Operation Forager, the seizure of the Marianas Islands by U.S. forces in 1944, was significant in the Allies’ drive...