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The Atlantic: World War II in pictures Part 15, The Pacific Islands

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by SaltwaterServr, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/09/world-war-ii-the-pacific-islands/100155/

    From late 1942 until early 1945, Allied forces in the Pacific Theater took the war to the Japanese across vast ocean battlefields and on tiny island beaches. By the end of 1942, the Japanese Empire had expanded to its farthest extent, with soldiers occupying or attacking positions from India to Alaska and on islands across the South Pacific.

    The U.S. Navy, under Admiral Chester Nimitz, adopted a strategy of "island-hopping", rather than attacking Japan's Imperial Navy in force. The goal was to capture and control strategic islands along a path toward the Japanese home islands, bringing U.S. bombers within range, and preparing for a possible invasion.

    Japanese soldiers fought the island landings fiercely, killing many allied soldiers, sometimes attacking suicidally in desperate last-ditch attacks. At sea, Japanese submarine, bomber and kamikaze attacks took a heavy toll on the U.S. fleet, but they were unable to halt the island-by-island advance. By early 1945, leapfrogging U.S. forces had advanced as far as Iwo Jima and Okinawa, within 340 miles of mainland Japan, at a great cost to both sides.

    On Okinawa alone, during 82 days of fighting, approximately 100,000 Japanese troops and 12,510 Americans were killed, and somewhere between 42,000 and 150,000 Okinawan civilians died as well. At this point, U.S. forces were nearing their position for the next stage of their offensive against the Empire of Japan.

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    http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/ww2.html
  2. ologan

    ologan Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Salty. Great pics from a time not that long ago.
    BTW,didn't I see a photo series along these lines about the Vietnam war not long ago? Do you remember seeing one,also?
  3. Ranzo

    Ranzo New Member

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    Thanks again for the link. I've been forwarding the Atlantic page to my 80 yo father as they publish, but I wouldn't know unless you posted them here. He really appreciates me(I get all the credit:)) sending it to him and he shares it with his older brother. They lost their oldest brother in the WWII over in Belgium near the end of the war, so as you might imagine they are forever captivated by all things WWII.
  4. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    Casmith mentioned wanting to see it if it existed, but the only other one I've seen on their site is the one for Afghanistan.
  5. Ranzo

    Ranzo New Member

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    Or perhaps not
  6. SaltwaterServr

    SaltwaterServr Blank Paper Offends Me

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    Ah, you stealing all my hard work and credit huh? I'm honored to be able to send those shots through you to a WWII veteran. Honored.
  7. Ranzo

    Ranzo New Member

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    Haha. Yeah, they're non the wiser, though....:)
  8. jubal

    jubal Active Member

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    The best yet, I really enjoyed this batch. Thanks for post for our enjoyment. Keep up the good work.

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