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The Pacific - Episode 9

Naval History's Guide to “The Pacific”

Episode 9 - Part 9

After battling across the island of Okinawa for more than a month, Sledge and the rest of the 1st Marine Division are ordered to relieve an Army division that has been in combat against the most strongly defended Japanese position on the island. The primitive conditions and the moral dilemma posed by the presence of civilians put tremendous strain on the Marines’ physical and psychological endurance.

 
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The Pacific's Biggest Battle

Okinawa grimly foreshadowed what the Allies faced in a battle for Japan.

 
The Pacific Image

Who Knocked the Enterprise Out of the War?

Nearly 60 years after a dramatic suicide-plane attack against The Big E, a Japanese researcher tracked down the identity of the kamikaze pilot and helped bring closure to his family and friends.

 
The Pacific Image

The Imperial Navy's Final Sortie

The April 1945 one-way mission of the battleship Yamato, cruiser Yahagi, and eight destroyers had virtually no chance of success. A survivor of the operation offers his perspective on the Imperial Japanese Navy's last gasp.

 

 
 

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