BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Curtain Raiser?

Japanese garrisons on Central Pacific islands were warned by a Domei radio commentator that a new Allied Pacific drive must be expected to coincide with the "fresh strategical move on the European front." Domei was getting warm.

As the commentator spoke, a strong task force of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz' Pacific Fleet was steaming west. Near week's end it struck: hundreds of the Navy's fighters and bombers, flying from a great force of carriers, dropped out of the skies over the Japs' vaunted unsinkable carriers in the Marianas: (from north to south) Saipan,...

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