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Battling for Saipan

Battling for Saipan

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Written by Francis A. O'BrienAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Francis A. O'Brien

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press
  • On Sale: February 4, 2003
  • Price: $23.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-89141-804-7 (0-89141-804-0)
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Battling for Saipan details D day for Saipan, the first of the three islands scheduled for conquest. When Lt. Gen. Holland M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith and his V Amphibious Corps were preparing for the invasion of the Marianas–Guam, Tinian, and Saipan–they were expecting an easy fight, with the Japanese appearing to be on the run.

As fighting loomed, V Corps operational planners felt safe in allocating a single division to serve as reserve for all three invasions. As the book details, the initial landings of the 2d and 4th Marine Divisions ran into fierce opposition, however, forcing General Smith to commit the army’s 27th Infantry Division (the entire corps’s reserve starting) that first night. Among the soldiers landing on Saipan was Lt. Col. William O’Brien.

In this captivating account of the battle, Francis O'Brien, son of Medal of Honor recipient William O'Brien, details how the fighting unfolded and how the military strategized in the face of fierce opposition.

Complete with six maps detailing the campaigns and a photo insert.