World War II - Pacific

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  • ABOUT IWO JIMA: Iwo Jima is directly in the flight path of airplanes trying to reach Tokyo from the mid-Pacific; it is crucial territory for both Japanese and American military forces.

  • A FLAG-RAISING ON SURIBACHI: Forty Marines capture Mt. Suribachi. They have an American flag to raise and a photographer to capture the moment.

  • ALAMO SCOUTS and 6TH BATTALION RANGERS: Soldiers with special military skills train to clear Japanese from the Philippines.

  • A PACIFIC EMPIRE: Japan decides to take control of East Asia and stop white, colonial control because they want to create an empire.

  • ATROCITIES IN CHINA: John Rabe, John Magee and Dr. Robert O. Wilson provide eyewitness stories about Japanese killings in Nanjing (Nanking).

  • ATTACK on PEARL HARBOR: At 7:53 a.m. the Japanese first attack American planes and then begin to bomb "Battleship Row"; finally at 7:58 a.m., air raid sirens begin.

  • BANZAI CHARGE at SAIPAN: Rather than surrender, Japanese soldiers lead Banzai attacks where they kill as many Marines as possible before dying themselves.

  • BATAAN and CORREGIDOR: The military retreats to Bataan and General MacArthur moves to Corregidor.

  • BOMBING OF HIROSHIMA: An atomic bomb, known as "Little Boy," devastates the Japanese city of Hiroshima and its people on August 6, 1945.

  • BOMBING OF NAGASAKI: An atomic bomb called "Fat Man" detonates above the Japanese city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Less than a week later, Japan surrenders, ending WWII.

  • CAMP MANZANAR: Many Japanese Americans go to Camp Manzanar, receive vaccinations, and live in desert conditions.

  • CAMP POSTON: Camp Poston was situated in the Colorado River Indian Reservation.

  • CAMPS O'DONNELL and CABANATUAN: Photographs, documents and drawings show the appalling life in prisoner of war camps O'Donnell and Cabanatuan.

  • CASUALTIES AT SAIPAN: Thousands of Japanese die on Saipan; Americans suffer many losses as well.

  • CODE TALKERS and the BATTLE of SAIPAN: Navajo code talkers prevent a massacre of Marines on Saipan, although the Japanese continue to fight.

  • CORREGIDOR FALLS: The island of Corregidor holds the last of the US and Filipino troops, it falls to the Japanese on May 6, 1942.

  • D-DAY: 19 FEBRUARY 1945: February 19, 1945 is the day US marines land on Iwo Jima. They soon face incredible resistance from hiding Japanese soldiers, and many Marines die.

  • DEATH IN CHINA: In the city of Nanking, China, Japanese soldiers plunder, rape and kill thousands of men, women and children.

  • DEATH MARCH PHOTOS: The Bataan Death March, shown in photos and maps, lasts over 60 miles; many Filipino and US soldiers die.

  • DECISION TO BOMB: President Truman makes a decision to use America's atomic weapons to bomb Japan.

  • DECLARATION of WAR: On December 8, 1941, following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Franklin Roosevelt declares war.

  • DIRE WARNINGS: MacArthur and Manuel Quezon, president of the Philippines, warn Roosevelt the end is near and ask for withdrawal of US troops.

  • DORIE MILLER: African-American Dorie Miller works in the West Virgina's galley, but when the bombs fall, he assists the ship's captain, fires a machine gun and earns the Navy Cross.

  • FIRE BOMBS OVER TOKYO: B-29 bombers drop fire bombs and napalm to burn Tokyo; see photographs of the destruction.

  • FLAG RAISERS DIE IN BATTLE: After the famous flag-raising, the battle for Iwo Jima continues for 31 more days and several of the flag raisers die in combat.

  • Flags Of Our Fathers: Feb/March, of 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the Iwo Jima battle. Thousands of US Marines head toward the island on ships. Their mission is to wrest the strategically significant territory, held by ...

  • Forgotten Posters of World War II: A collection of World War II posters shows how the government campaigns to motivate U.S. military and citizens to sacrifice for the war effort.

  • FORMER FRIENDS AT ODDS: Differences over treatment of China put Japan and America at odds.

  • Great Raid, The: The Japanese bomb and then defeat American and Filipino soldiers in the Philippines.

  • HARD TIMES: Children, especially in Great Britain, have to suffer family issues, as well as a lack of food and supplies.

  • HARI-KARI on SAIPAN: Many Japanese soldiers and civilians on Saipan kill themselves so Marines do not capture them.

  • HENRY MUCCI and the RESCUE: Henry Mucci and his special forces surprise the Japanese and rescue prisoners from Cabanatuan.

  • HOW CHILDREN HELPED: Children help out by rationing, recycling, and helping to support their families.

  • IWO JIMA MEDALS OF HONOR: See photos of the 27 US soldiers who receive Medals of Honor.

  • JAPAN'S IWO JIMA DEFENSES: The Japanese defend Iwo Jima with land mines, hidden bunkers and thousands of soldiers concealed on Mount Suribachi; they are difficult to locate and defeat.

  • JIMMY DOOLITTLE: Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle believes that land-based planes, B-25 Mitchells, can reach Japan and drop bombs from navy ships not accustomed to carrying and landing planes.

  • LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA: First-hand accounts of Japanese preparations on Iwo Jima come from letters General Kuribayashi and others write home.

  • MacARTHUR LEAVES: Roosevelt orders MacArthur to Australia before the Japanese take over the Philippines.

  • MEET the NAVAJO CODE TALKERS: Twenty-nine Navajos enter the Marines to become code talkers in the Pacific Theater of WWII.

  • MINORU GENDA: Read first hand how Minoru Genda plans the Pearl Harbor attack.

  • NEGOTIATIONS BREAK DOWN: The US tells Japanese diplomats they will continue an oil embargo, and they want Japan to recognize the Chinese leader, Chiang Kai-shek.

  • Pearl Harbor: On December 7, 1941, Americans at Pearl Harbor are unaware they are about to suffer a surprise Japanese attack. Shortly before 8 AM, on that Sunday morning, the devastating attack begins.

  • PHILIP JOHNSTON and the CODE TALKERS: Philip Johnston believes Navajos can create an unbreakable code during WWII using their unwritten language.

  • RADAR STATION at OPANA POINT: Soldiers on duty at Opana Point see evidence of incoming planes on new radar equipment. It turns-out that the planes are not the expected American planes coming from mainland U.S. They are enemy plane...

  • REASONS TO FEAR: The Japanese have the authority to kill all prisoners and leave no trace.

  • SECURING IWO JIMA: Official records contain many military photographs of the more-than-month-long siege and capture of Iwo Jima.

  • SULLIVAN BROTHERS - DON'T LET ME DOWN: The Sullivan Brothers give their all, and live-on in posters which remind U.S. citizens to give the war effort all they can.

  • SURRENDER on the USS MISSOURI: Japan surrenders on August 14, 1945, just eight days after the US drops an atom bomb on Hiroshima.

  • THE ARMADA ARRIVES: Eight hundred US ships sail to Iwo Jima; they will first fire guns at the island, and then land over 70,000 Marines to capture it.

  • THE BATAAN DEATH MARCH: After the surrender of Bataan, the Japanese force soldiers on a death march.

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