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Three Events That Altered the Course of the War

October 02, 2019 ·  
At the start of the War in the Pacific, the United States had suffered devastating defeats that made it seem as if the Empire of Japan could conquer the Pacific. Still reeling from the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the Americans and their allies had a long way to go before they could […]
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Closing In: The Battle of Saipan

March 05, 2019 ·  
From the moment the United States decimated the Imperial Japanese Navy at the Battle of Midway, every decision was crucial. The war had reached a turning point and one wrong move could put victory back in reach for Japan. Even in the summer of 1944, as the war entered its last year, victory wasn't guaranteed […]
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December 1941: The Tide of War Turns

December 18, 2018 ·  
On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland, launching the Second World War in Europe. Across the Atlantic, the United States showed no appetite for getting involved in the European conflict. For two years, the United States maintained its policy of non-intervention, although they did provide material assistance to the Allied forces facing Hitler's armies. Then […]
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The Solomon Islands Campaign

November 13, 2018 ·  
Today, you don’t hear much about the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific. They’re a popular tourist destination, but otherwise they aren't at the top of most people's minds. During the early 1940s, though, the situation was very different. The Solomon Islands quickly became a focal point of the War in the Pacific after the […]
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The Ceremony Marking the End of World War II

October 18, 2018 ·  
September 2, 1945. More than two weeks had passed since the Japanese laid down their arms and declared they would no longer fight the Allies in the Pacific. The United States and the other Allies organized a ceremony in which Japanese representatives would sign an Instrument of Surrender, formally marking the end of World War […]
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William S. Pye and the Fall of Wake Island

October 09, 2018 ·  
In the days following the Pearl Harbor attack, Admiral Husband E. Kimmel was relieved of his post as Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet. Considering the nation was suddenly at war, his replacement would have little time to learn the role, as William S. Pye found out over the course of 14 days. On December 17, 1941, just […]
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The Underwater Demolition Teams of the Pacific

September 17, 2018 ·  
During the First World War, the Allies suffered great losses due to catastrophic amphibious landings, notably during the Gallipoli Campaign. The US military is always eager to learn from past mistakes, and so these landings were scrutinized in the years that followed. The mid-1930s saw testing of new landing techniques. These experiments and attempts at […]
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The Kohler Brothers in World War II

July 09, 2018 ·  
“Why don’t you go together and protect each other?” Mr. Kohler knew his son Charles was itching to join the war that the US suddenly found itself drawn into after the horrors that unfolded on December 7th, 1941, and it seemed logical to him that Charles and his brother Edwin enlist together. The two brothers […]
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America's Response to Pearl Harbor – An Unexpected First Target

January 09, 2018 ·  
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Japan's Plans After Pearl Harbor

December 24, 2017 ·  
It was a question that many pondered after Japan left the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor in ruins. "Why did this happen?" And with more than 2,400 American lives taken during the attack, the nation collectively needed an answer. The answer turned out to be that Japan, fearing the United States would get […]
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