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Although most people associate the term D-day with the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944, it is military code for the beginning of any offensive operation. In the Pacific theater during World War II there were more than one hundred D-days. The largest—and last—was the invasion of Okinawa on April 1, 1945, which brought together the biggest invasion fleet ever assembled, far larger than that engaged in the Normandy invasion.
D-Days in the Pacific tells the epic story of the campaign waged by American forces to win back the Pacific islands from Japan. Based on eyewitness accounts by the combatants, it covers the entire Pacific struggle from the attack on Pearl Harbor to the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Pacific war was largely a seaborne offensive fought over immense distances. Many of the amphibious assaults on Japanese-held islands were among the most savagely fought battles in American history: Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Saipan, New Guinea, Peleliu, Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima, Okinawa. D-Days in the Pacific is the finest one-volume account of this titanic struggle.
© 1945 by Henry Steele Commager. © renewed by Lou Reda Productions and Mary Steele Commager. Revisions and introduction © 2001, 2005 by Donald L. Miller
“This…is a major publishing event…The total effect is one few readers will ever forget.”
David McCullough, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“This…account of World War II is likely to remain a classic for generations to come.”
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize–winning and New York Times bestselling author
“Every book written about the Pacific campaign must struggle with the shadow of the mushroom clouds that loom at its end. Unlike many others, D-Days in the Pacific succeeds in making that ending a part of the entire narrative, so that when it finally arrives, its entrance is not just understandable but inevitable and obvious—as inevitable and obvious as the decision to employ the atomic bombs seemed to President Truman.”
“Very readable…Excellent narrative history.”
“For those looking for an introduction to the war in the Pacific, D-Days in the Pacific is an excellent choice.”
“A fine introduction to the war in the Pacific and is well worth the purchase as part of a comprehensive collection.”