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Program Title: Pearl Harbor to Final Victory: Volume 2
EASC Code: JG-12
Series Title: Great Battles of the Pacific
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Subject: History
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: DVD & VHS
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Running Time: 160 min.
Color or BW: BW
Program Abstract: Volume 2: 1944-45 Victory In the Pacific
The tide of war was turning and the Japanese were on the run. First of Saipan, where 16,525 Americans are killed of wounded repelling waves of banzai changes. Then Tinian falls, and the U.S. captures airbases within striking distance of Tokyo. In October 1944, Japan's imperial navy is effectively knocked out of war in the largest naval battle ever to take place, the Battle of Leyte Gulf. AS the end drew ever nearer, U.S. forces return to the Philippines and liberate Manila after four months of bitter jungle-fighting. Next came Iwo Jime and a 36-day battle that was the bloodiest in Marine Corps history. Finally, Okinawaw- the last stop on the way to Japan, and its defenders were prepared to fight to the death. A fter 83 days of fighting, only 10, 755 Japanese were taken alive. The remaining defenders, 110,000 of them, were dead. Following Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese surrendered on the deck of the battleship Missouri. The empire of the Rising Sun had fallen.
Data Entry Date: 2/8/2005