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The Pacific War in Colour: Fire from the Sky
Fire from the Sky
Season 1  |  Episode 6  |  The History Channel  |  December 18, 2018

The battle for Peleliu drags on far longer than expected. Japanese defences confound Americans and bodies pile up on both sides. Meanwhile, MacArthur returns to the Philippines, fulfilling his long-standing promise. The Battle at Leyte Gulf isolates Japanese troops on the Philippines from their own navy, but they have enough supplies and willpower to make the Philippines a long and bloody campaign. Manila will end up in ruins. B-29 raids into Japan begin from the Marianas, and war on a grand scale comes to the mainland for the first time - in the form of massive firebombing raids. The first raid on Tokyo is as destructive as any bombing raid in human history. Finally, on Iwo Jima, island hopping reaches its bloody apex as 50,000 men fight over eight square miles.

The battle for Peleliu drags on far longer than expected. Japanese defences confound Americans and bodies pile up on both sides. Meanwhile, MacArthur returns to the Philippines, fulfilling his long-standing promise. The Battle at Leyte Gulf isolates Japanese troops on the Philippines from their own navy, but they have enough supplies and willpower to make the Philippines a long and bloody campaign. Manila will end up in ruins. B-29 raids into Japan begin from the Marianas, and war on a grand scale comes to the mainland for the first time - in the form of massive firebombing raids. The first raid on Tokyo is as destructive as any bombing raid in human history. Finally, on Iwo Jima, island hopping reaches its bloody apex as 50,000 men fight over eight square miles.

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