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Victory in the Pacific: 1945 (History of United States Naval Operations in World War II) (v. 14) Hardcover – May 1, 2001


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  • Series: History of United States Naval Operations in World War II (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Book Sales (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785813152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785813156
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey T. Munson on August 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
By the early spring of 1945, the United States forces had pushed the Japanese back across the Pacific and were now in position to directly threaten the Japanese home islands. This final volume of Samuel Eliot Morison's fine series covers the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa along with the formal Japanese surrender on September 2, 1945.
The main purpose for securing the island of Iwo Jima was to provide a rescue station for crippled B-29 bombers returning from Japan as well as an advanced fighter escort base for P-51 Mustang escort fighters. The invasion took place in February 1945, and it was originally thought that securing the island would only take about four days. How wrong we were. This battle lasted four weeks and cost many thousands of American casualties. The enduring act of the war for the Americans occurred during this battle when the flag was raised on Mt. Suribachi and was forever captured on film. I was disappointed with this section of the book. Only 70 pages of the book deal with the Iwo Jima campaign, so I felt that many important aspects of the battle were left out completely.
In April, 1945, the Americans turned their attention to Okinawa. Located only 350 miles from the Japanese mainland, Okinawa was to serve as a prime staging area for the invasion of Japan, which was scheduled for November 1945. This battle covers the great majority of this book. Every aspect of the battle is covered, from the landings to the kamikaze attacks against the American ships. Perhaps the best part of the book deals with the description of the kamikaze attacks against the radar picket destroyers which were stationed around Okinawa.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Loveless on June 23, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This fourteenth and final entry in Morison's epic series concludes the voluminous narrative with a look at the war's final days, including an account of the delivery of the first atomic bomb by the USS Indianapolis and that vessel's tragic return voyage, and the triumphant visit of the USS Missouri to Tokyo Bay. As with the other entries in this series, Morison brings excitement and immediacy to an incredibly well-researched and detailed narrative. Not to be missed.
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This final volume of admiral Morison's monumental work is again a very good read and a very impressive source of knowledge - and although there is a couple of weak moments in this last part, the overall quality is still very impressive.

We begin with the Iwo Jima campaign and here I must admit that for the first time in fourteen volumes I was not fully satisfied. It seemed to me that this fragment was written very hastily and was send to the editor without being read a second time, as some sentences are difficult to understand and confusing. It is true that other than fire support US Navy didn't have much to do during this battle - it suffered however in February one big loss, when escort carrier USS "Bismarck Sea" was sunk by a particularly astute and lucky kamikaze pilot. Soon after the veteran carrier USS "Saratoga" was also attacked and hit by no less than five bombs - those damages eliminated her from Okinawa campaign and in fact even once repaired she never returned to the first line.

However for the story of campaign for Okinawa (Operation "Iceberg") admiral Morison is back in great shape. All preparations for this gigantic battle are described with great detail. The "softening" of Japanese defences by intensive air raids againt airfields on Honshu and Kyushu by Halsey's carriers are very well treated, including the dramatic fight to save USS "Franklin", hit with two extremely well targeted bombs by a Japanese bomber and transformed into a raging inferno as the result. Although ultimately saved, she never returned to fight before the end of war.
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By James E. Harkins on December 17, 2011
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This volume completes Morison's overview of WWII NavOps. Based on his description of battle action involving a ship on which I served, I'm quite content that the author carefully reports facts, not opinions.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By . on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I was impressed by the level of detail this book had. It focused on even the smallest of engagements in the war. Deffinately recomend it
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