The Fleet at Flood Tide: America at Total War in the Pacific, 1944–1945
James D. Hornfischer. 640 pp. New York: Random House, 2016. Illus. Notes. Biblio. Index. $35.
Reviewed by Craig L. Symonds
The term “D-Day” refers to the date of any major military operation. Since World War II, however, it most often has been used to refer specifically to the Allied landings on the beaches in Normandy on 6 June 1944. Yet there were two D-Days that month: A mere nine days after American, British, and Canadian troops charged ashore in Normandy, another D-Day took place half a world away in the Central Pacific, on the island of Saipan. And just as D-Day in Normandy marked the beginning of the end for Adolf Hitler’s empire, D-Day in Saipan marked the beginning of the end for imperial Japan.