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Guam’s Japanese garrison fought practically to the last man.

By invading Guam, US forces were not only getting access to a fine harbor and a number of airfields to use in future operations, but were also liberating a US territory captured by the Japanese in 1941.

The attack on Guam was intended to begin only days after the landings on Saipan, but was postponed for a month. US forces used the delay to make the preliminary bombardment and air attacks extremely thorough, and to ensure that offshore obstacles to landing craft were cleared efficiently.

The landing force included both Marine and Army units from General Geiger’s III Amphibious Corps, in all 55,000 strong. General Takashina commanded 18,000 defenders, who had built a typically elaborate network of bunkers, artillery emplacements, and other fortifications.

This narrative recounts the story of the liberation of Guam in vivid, gritty detail. Explore the fascinating feats of strategy, planning, and bravery, handing the Allies what would eventually become a victory over the Pacific Theater and an end to Imperialist Japanese expansion.

©2021 Griffin Smith (P)2021 Griffin Smith

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