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Hold the Marianas: The Japanese Defense of the Islands

Denfeld, D. Colt

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ISBN 10: 1572490144 / ISBN 13: 9781572490147
Published by White Mane Publishing Company, Inc, Shippensburg, PA, 1997
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xiii, 250 p. Illustrations. Maps. Endnotes. Bibliography. Index. Hold the Marianas is the first English language account of the World War II battle of the Marianas from the Japanese perspective. Employing diaries, messages, and oral histories in the English, Japanese, and Korean languages, the author demonstrates that the Japanese commanders were their own worst enemy. Despite the importance of the Marianas to the survival of the home islands, they were slowly reinforced and defended at the beach line, a terrible choice, in light of American naval and air bombardment capabilities. The book explains why the leadership held to this flawed defense. Hold the Marianas describes how the Japanese high command finally came to realize its errors. The result was better dug-in troops at Iwo Jima and Okinawa, prolonging the battles and inflicting higher American casualties. Had an in-depth defense been used in the Marianas, American casualties might have been four or five times greater. Very good in very good dust jacket. DJ has slight wear and soiling, with small edge wear. Bookseller Inventory # 61078

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Title: Hold the Marianas: The Japanese Defense of ...

Publisher: White Mane Publishing Company, Inc, Shippensburg, PA

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: Presumed first edition/first printing.

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In the summer of 1944, the U.S. attacked the Japanese occupying the Marianas--Guam (formerly a U.S. possession), Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. The first three islands fell after bloody fighting, and Rota was bypassed and blockaded until the end of the war. Denfield describes the three island battles from the defenders' point of view. Relying on the warrior spirit and its soldiers' individual proficiency, Japan missed opportunities for positional warfare--that is, using the islands' size and terrain to force the Americans to fight at a disadvantage. The Japanese also failed to make the best use of the supplies they slipped by American submarine patrols, and they suffered from a complete lack of sea and air support. Perhaps this is a story for serious students of military history, but it is an excellent one and a tribute to the brave but badly led Japanese fighting man. Roland Green

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