The Pacific War in Colour

The Pacific War in Colour

The Enemy Underground
Season 1  |  Episode 4  |  The History Channel  |  December 4, 2018

The US aims for the heart of Japan's inner defence ring - starting with Saipan in the Marianas. Saipan is the largest and most distant island invaded by the Americans so far - an unprecedented logistical challenge. Japan employs more ingenious defensive tactics and sends their navy into the fray with the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Americans prevail in Saipan, but not without spending more time and blood than expected - and overcoming a Marine vs Army rivalry that threatens to divide the fighting force. America is developing the B-29 bomber and hope the Marianas can become a forward airbase, but the B-29 is beset with problems and may not be ready in time.

The US aims for the heart of Japan's inner defence ring - starting with Saipan in the Marianas. Saipan is the largest and most distant island invaded by the Americans so far - an unprecedented logistical challenge. Japan employs more ingenious defensive tactics and sends their navy into the fray with the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Americans prevail in Saipan, but not without spending more time and blood than expected - and overcoming a Marine vs Army rivalry that threatens to divide the fighting force. America is developing the B-29 bomber and hope the Marianas can become a forward airbase, but the B-29 is beset with problems and may not be ready in time.

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