Aug 23

The Marianas: Saipan, Guam, and Tinian

Monday, August 23, 2010 12:10 PM


In June 1944, Allied forces launched an offensive to capture the Marianas Islands from the Japanese. Invasion forces stormed the islands of Saipan, Guam and Tinian in succession, supported by ships and aircraft of the United States Navy.

Offshore, the Battle of the Philippine Sea proved a decisive victory for the Allies. This United States Marine Corps “Official Operations Report,” produced during the war, provides a detailed examination of each phase of the campaign. Using maps and animations, the three films outline landing assignments, naval gunfire support, and air support for each phase of the campaign.

 The story of the battle on each island is brought to life with extensive combat footage of land, sea, and air operations.

These films, with a running time of nearly two and a half hours, stand as an excellent history of a crucial phase in the Pacific island-hopping campaign.









  • Walter James McIntosh

    The Article – Pacific Island Intelligence : The Assault on Tinian by Jeffrey M. Moore published by the American Intelligence Journal Vol 18 in 1998 will also be of interest to anyone studying the assault on Tinian — The tidest of the lot .

  • Thanks Walter for the recommended reading!