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Program Title: Victory in the Pacific: 1944-45
EASC Code: JP-07
Series Title: Pearl Harbor to Final Victory
Region/Country: Japan
Language: English
Subtitles:
Subject: History
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: DVD
Director:
Producer: Reader Digest
Release Date:
Running Time: 120 min.
Color or BW: BW
Program Abstract: The tide of war was turning and the Japanese on the run. First, on Saipan, where 16,525 Americans are killed or wounded repelling waves of Banzai charges. 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 the 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 liberat Manila after four months of bitter jungle-fighting. Next came Iwo Jima and a 36-day battle that was the bloodiest in Marine Corps history. Finally, Okinawa---the last stop on the way to Japan, and its defenders were prepared to fight to the death. After 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: 11/4/2003