- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
Before the B-29 could take flight over Japan, America needed to secure a flight base on the Marianas Islands. The base needed to be the right size and in the right location. The one place that would work was Saipan. The only thing standing between America and air supremacy over Japan was 30,000 Japanese troops stationed on the island. Learn about the 24 days of bloody battle that ensued.
- Learn why the Army and Marine Corps combined had such a difficult time taking a small island in the Marianas.
- The importance of Saipan is outlined, both in strategic significance and historical perspective.
- Why did Japanese civilians jump to their death instead of facing American capture?
In 1944, the United State Marine Corps and the Army made a joint effort to take the island of Saipan. Part of the Marianas Island chain, the island was controlled by the Japanese. Saipan was crucial to American strategy as it would become the launch pad for the B-29 bomber, a new flight ship that would provide significant strategic advantage over the Japanese skies. The US estimated that 10,000 Japanese soldiers were defending the island. When servicemen landed, they were met by 30,000 Japanese soldiers and an onslaught beyond anything they ever imagined.
See why the fighting on Saipan was some of the most brutal of World War II. Watch footage of American soldiers as they drove the Japanese back to the high cliffs on the edge of the island. Learn why Japanese soldiers and civilians alike plunged to their deaths instead of facing capture by the Americans. 24 days of battle and over 50,000 casualties mark a major changing point in the war that was the Battle of Saipan.