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World War II: The Pacific Theater

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Overview

Survey the largest naval war in world history and gain insight into the strategy and tactics of battle from sea, air, and land.

Topics Covered:
  • 1: The Road to War in the Pacific, 1931–1941
  • 2: Infamy! The Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor
  • 3: Japan Moves South, December 1941–May 1942
  • 4: The Doolittle Raid on Japan, April 1942
  • 5: Station HYPO: Breaking the Japanese Code
  • 6: Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942
  • 7: Midway: 10 Minutes That Changed the War
  • 8: Guadalcanal: Jungle Warfare
  • 9: Ironbottom Sound, 1942–1943
  • 10: MacArthur, Halsey, and Operation Cartwheel
  • 11: The Big Blue Fleet and American Industry
  • 12: Battle for Tarawa: A Square Mile of Hell
  • 13: A Three-Front Pacific War, January–May 1944
  • 14: The US Leaps to the Marianas, June 1944
  • 15: Battle of the Philippine Sea, June 1944
  • 16: Bombing Japan: Fire from the Sky
  • 17: American Submarines in the Pacific, 1944–1945
  • 18: MacArthur Returns to the Philippines
  • 19: Battle of Leyte Gulf, October 1944
  • 20: Admiral Halsey’s Typhoons, 1944–1945
  • 21: Battle for Iwo Jima, February–March 1945
  • 22: Battle for Okinawa, April–June 1945
  • 23: Kamikazes: Japan’s Special Attack Units
  • 24: Dropping the Atomic Bomb

Taught by

Craig L. Symonds, PhD

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