Saipan & Tinian 1944

Saipan & Tinian 1944

Piercing the Japanese Empire

Campaign 137
  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Howard Gerrard
  • Short code: CAM 137
  • Publication Date: 27 Apr 2004
  • Number of Pages: 96
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The 1944 invasion of Saipan was the first two-division amphibious assault conducted by US forces in World War II. Saipan and Tinian had been under Japanese control since 1914 and, heavily colonized, they were considered virtually part of the Empire. The struggle for Saipan and Tinian was characterized by the same bitter fighting that typified the entire Central Pacific campaign. Fighting side-by-side, Army and Marine units witnessed the largest tank battle of the Pacific War, massed Japanese banzai charges, and the horror of hundreds of Japanese civilians committing suicide to avoid capture. In this book Gordon Rottman details the capture of these vital islands that led to the collapse of Prime Minister Tojo's government.

Biographical Note

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Centre for 12 years and is now a freelance writer. Howard Gerrard studied at the Wallasey School of Art and has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has won both the Society of British Aerospace Companies Award and the Wilkinson Sword Trophy and has illustrated a number of books in the Campaign series including 77: ‘Tarawa 1943,' 81: ‘Iwo Jima 1945,' 96: ‘Okinawa 1945' and 110: ‘Peleliu 1944.' Howard lives and works in Kent.

Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Opposing plans
Opposing commanders
Opposing forces
Capture and occupation of Saipan
Capture and occupation of Tinian
Aftermath
Orders of battle
The battlefield today
Bibliography
Index

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