The capture of Tinian in the Marianas provided bases for long-range Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers to attack Japan. More »
A combined force of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps succeeded in taking the strategically vital island of Okinawa after 82 days of savage fighting. More »
Although not commonly considered one of the worst leaders in history, Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner’s shortcomings were behind one of the hardest defeats of WWII. More »
On Guadalcanal, the then-untested 1st Marine Division met and defeated the best soldiers the Japanese Army could throw at them at Hell’s Point. More »
Operation Dovetail, the rehearsal for the assault on Guadalcanal, proved to be an alarming mix of inadequate planning and poor execution. More »
In the opening hours of the Battle of the Philippine Sea, an American Patrol Plane as unable to transmit the location of the Japanese fleet. More »
Taking an otherwise nondescript hill on the embattled island of Okinawa proved a formidable task for U.S. Marines. More »
Jisaburo Ozawa sought to cripple Mitscher’s Task Force 58 in the Battle of the Philippine Sea, which became known as the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot. More »
Led by the impetuous General Nathaniel Lyon, Union forces pursued retreating Confederates across southwestern Missouri in the summer of 1861. At Wilson’s Creek, Lyon caught up with the enemy on aptly named Bloody Hill.
In early 1942, a furious air-sea battle in the Solomons set the stage for Pacific Theater combat yet to come.