The Pacific War in Colour

The Pacific War in Colour

Striking Distance
Season 1  |  Episode 5  |  The History Channel  |  December 11, 2018

The Allies start building out Saipan into a forward base and B-29 anchor point. There are advantages to invading islands so close rather than thousands of miles away. But just as Americans are putting past battle lessons to good use, so are the Japanese. Guam and Tinian will not be easy. Meanwhile, B-29 raids into mainland Japan begin from bases in China, and the learning curve is steep. They are mostly ineffective, between Japanese air defenses, weather challenges, and the B-29's own mechanical failures. Many planes are lost. It all makes the Marianas even more critical for Americans to capture. After Roosevelt, MacArthur and Nimitz share a tense strategy meeting, Allies move to Peleliu to support MacArthur's looming invasion of the Philippines. As the episode concludes, America finds Peleliu will be anything but easy.

The Allies start building out Saipan into a forward base and B-29 anchor point. There are advantages to invading islands so close rather than thousands of miles away. But just as Americans are putting past battle lessons to good use, so are the Japanese. Guam and Tinian will not be easy. Meanwhile, B-29 raids into mainland Japan begin from bases in China, and the learning curve is steep. They are mostly ineffective, between Japanese air defenses, weather challenges, and the B-29's own mechanical failures. Many planes are lost. It all makes the Marianas even more critical for Americans to capture. After Roosevelt, MacArthur and Nimitz share a tense strategy meeting, Allies move to Peleliu to support MacArthur's looming invasion of the Philippines. As the episode concludes, America finds Peleliu will be anything but easy.

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