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by Victor Brooks


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On June 14, 1944, little more than a week after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet .

On June 14, 1944, little more than a week after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet steamed towards its own D-Day landing. The target of this mighty . armada was the Marianas Island group. The comparisons are not even relevant or applicable.

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North to Marpi Point - 17. Invasion on Jig Day - 18. Tinian Heights - 19. Assault on Guam - 20. Raising a fallen flag - 21. The cost of victory.

World War, 1939-1945, Pazifikkrieg <1941-1945. Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press. D-Day on Saipan - 11. Voyage to battle - 12. Dragons over the sea - 13. Twilight raid on mobile fleet - 14. Battle beyond the beach - 15. Death Valley to Purple Heart Ridge - 16. North to Marpi Point - 17. Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-335) and index.

Hell Is upon Us" was written by Victor Brooks, currently a professor of history at my long-ago alma mater, Villanova University

Hell Is upon Us" was written by Victor Brooks, currently a professor of history at my long-ago alma mater, Villanova University.

Pacific, June-August 1944 or any other file from Books category

Download Hell is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific, June-August 1944 or any other file from Books category. The story of the "other" D-Day invasion, this one in the Pacific Ocean, which would turn the tide of the war against Japan in the summer of 1944 On June 14th 1944, just nine days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet steamed towards its own D-Day landing. A huge US flotilla of 800 ships carrying 162,000 men was about to attempt to smash into the outer defenses of the Japanese Empire.

June 14, 1944, just nine days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet steamed towards its own .

June 14, 1944, just nine days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet steamed towards its own D-Day landing. flotilla of 800 ships carrying 162,000 men was about to attempt to smash into the outer defenses of the Japanese Empire. The conquest of the Marianas ensured American supremacy in the central Pacific, crippled Japanese air and naval power, and left the Japanese home islands vulnerable to devastating B-29 attacks. Brooks is a professor and the author of several works on military history. Their target was the Marianas Island group, which included Saipan, home to an important Japanese base and a large population of Japanese civilians, and Guam, the first American territory captured in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. During the next eight weeks, tens of thousands of men, hundreds of airplanes, and dozens of major warships were locked in mortal combat.

Written by Victor Brooks, Audiobook narrated by Peter Ganim. Hell Is Upon Us. D-Day in the Pacific - Saipan to Guam, June to August 1944. Narrated by: Peter Ganim. Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins.

Hell Is upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific-Saipan to Guam, June-August 1944, Da Capo Press (Cambridge, MA), 2005

Hell Is upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific-Saipan to Guam, June-August 1944, Da Capo Press (Cambridge, MA), 2005.

On June 14, 1944, little more than a week after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet steamed towards its own D-Day landing. The target of this mighty U.S. armada was the Marianas Island group, which included Saipan, home to an important Japanese base, and Guam, the first American territory captured in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. When the brutal fighting ended eight weeks later, 60,000 Japanese ground troops and most of the carrier air power of the Japanese Imperial Navy were annihilated. Hell Is Upon Us skillfully describes the entire Marianas campaign-World War II's most ambitious combined service operation and the largest carrier battle in history-and provides riveting first-hand accounts of the soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen who fought through the hell of Japan's Pacific defense.

Comments: (7)

Trex
Just a bad book: full of solecisms, typos, possibly produced by a foreign language syntax editor. Maps as usual are few and not enlightening. With no footnotes, it's hard to figure where some of his observations originate. It reads at best like the history papers I wrote in college 40 years ago, replete with double adjectives and purple imagery. At best, a few choice quotes--"When Holland Smith's chief of staff, General Graves Erskine, arrived on the scene, Bidwell noted his reaction: "He took two steps, a long breath, and promptly and efficiently lost his breakfast before immediately returning to his car and driving rapidly off." The imagery is suited to pulp fiction-"The plucky band of pilots who chose to tempt the fates by flying perilously close to the limit of their fuel tanks were rewarded in a perverse way by edging close enough to the American fleet to be intercepted by planes from..." ", frequent simile to the American Civil War--"The commander of the Fifth Fleet had just directed a defensive materpiece not unlike General George Meade's orchestration of the Union repulse of Pickett's Charge eighty-years earlier."; the sinking of the Titanic--"Like the terrified passengers on the Titanic slowly backpedaling towards the upturning stern of the ship as the bow slid beneath the freezing Atlantic waters, 5,000 men, women, and children retreated toward the cliffs of Marpi Point simiply because there was nowhere else to go." If you enjoy making marginal notes this book is for you, otherwise, read something else
Xarcondre
Not an on the ground type of WW2 book that I like. Not much soldier or marine perspective, more on the planning side. Rather boring.
Celen
best. Author gives best description of Japanese efforts and plans., as wellas american
Nalmetus
Looks to be a good book.
Tygralbine
It doesn't bode well for book of this type to have simple spelling errors on the first page but it's even worse when well known facts about history are so blatantly maimed. Granted this book does have lots of information to share but such mistakes are distracting.
Cae
I recently moved to Guam and am fascinated with its history - especially as it relates to WWII. This is a GREAT book that does a wonderful job drawing analogies to the war in Europe. You will not be able to stop turning the pages!
Umdwyn
This is an account of the Marianas campaign in the summer of 1944, which involved a major carrier battle as well as the ground battles for Saipan, Guam, and Tinian.

As other reviewers have noted, the author employs comparisons to Civil War battles waaaaaay too many times. The comparisons are not even relevant or applicable. The Japanese Admiral sending his carrier planes against the American fleet was just like Robert E. Lee ordering Pickett's Charge -- huh? Oh wait, no, a few pages later we find out that the Japanese Admiral was just like Burnside at Fredericksburg. Geez, Victor, get your mind out of the previous century, already. At the end he says the battle of the Marianas was "strategically equivalent" to Grant's capture of Vicksburg. Nah, not really.

The book is also poorly edited. There are numerous spelling and grammatical errors. There are also many errors of fact such as describing LVTs as "landing vessel tanks" that landed tanks at Tarawa. In fact the LVT was "landing vehicle, tracked" and its purpose was to land infantry. The author should be embarrassed to have his name associated with such a fiasco. The maps are few, poorly drawn, and uninformative.

If one disregards the constant Civil War allusions, the overripe prose, and the factual errors, the remaining content is at best mundane. There certainly needs to be a comprehensive history of the campaign that incorporates the naval, air, and ground struggle, but this book is not it.
In the spring and summer of 1944, American forces were poised to strike at Japan's inner defense ring. This ring was considered the boundary line to Japan proper. Included in this boundary were the Marianas islands. These islands were considered vital to the American war effort, because bases could be built to house the new B-29 Superfortresses which could range deep into the Japanese homeland. Author Victor Brooks describes this campaign, but unfortunately, his analysis is not very good.

The battle for the Marianas began with the battle of the Philippine Sea. This was the largest carrier battle ever fought, with the Americans possessing a total of 15 carriers, while the Japanese countered with 9 of their own. However, the Americans had a huge advantage in experienced pilots and better aircraft. In the course of a couple of days, the Japanese lost over 400 aircraft and 3 irreplaceable carriers, while American losses were light. Admiral Raymond Spruance was criticized for not inflicting more damage on the enemy, but he succeeded in his primary mission of keeping the Japanese fleet away from the Saipan invasion beaches.

In the next several weeks, American forces fought bitterly against the outnumbered Japanese on the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam. The Japanese suffered horrific losses in these battles. Sadly, many civilians leaped to their deaths from the cliffs on northern Saipan because they felt they would be tortured by the Americans. After securing these islands, the Americans began a massive build-up and re-shaped Tinian into the largest airfield in the world at the time. Soon, massive B-29s would be winging their way to the Japanese home islands while Japanese forces would be pushed further and further back.

I rate this book as only average. Although the author does an ok job of describing the battle of the Philippine sea and the invasion of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam, his constant comparisons to battles fought during the Civil War grew thin rapidly. Also, this must be one of the most poorly-edited books I've ever read. There are countless misspellings and complete omissions of words throughout the course of the book. This poor editing made the book difficult to read.

The Marianas invasion was a major turning point in the war. Japan's inner boundary had been breached and they were now at the mercy of American heavy bombers. Unfortunately, this book only does an average job of describing this vital campaign. I recommend reading about these battles in a different book.
Hell Is Upon Us: D-Day in the Pacific--Saipan to Guam, June-August 1944 download epub
Military
Author: Victor Brooks
ISBN: 0306815494
Category: History
Subcategory: Military
Language: English
Publisher: Da Capo Press; New edition edition (June 26, 2007)
Pages: 384 pages