The Pacific War in Colour

The Pacific War in Colour

Island Hopping
Season 1  |  Episode 3  |  The History Channel  |  November 27, 2018

America decides to drive up a Central Pacific toward Japan with island-by-island amphibious assaults. The first is in the Gilbert Islands - the invasion of Tarawa. Amid their own mistakes and an enemy stronger than expected, it is a far deadlier battle than America anticipated. From this confrontation, both sides learn lessons and alter their strategies, equipment, and tactics. America invents new machinery and weapons; Japan develops stronger defenses and begins to prepare their inner defensive ring and the home islands. This episode also describes the action in the Marshall Islands and the Southwest Pacific - Rabaul, Truk, and New Guinea.

America decides to drive up a Central Pacific toward Japan with island-by-island amphibious assaults. The first is in the Gilbert Islands - the invasion of Tarawa. Amid their own mistakes and an enemy stronger than expected, it is a far deadlier battle than America anticipated. From this confrontation, both sides learn lessons and alter their strategies, equipment, and tactics. America invents new machinery and weapons; Japan develops stronger defenses and begins to prepare their inner defensive ring and the home islands. This episode also describes the action in the Marshall Islands and the Southwest Pacific - Rabaul, Truk, and New Guinea.

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