World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Hirohito's Troubled Mind

Along a 6,000-mile arc of the Japs' Pacific defenses the Allied blows fell thick & fast. They flared like lightning strokes from Sumatra, where the Allied Eastern Fleet beat up Padang and Emmahaven, to Halmahera, where the enemy feared General MacArthur's next amphibious stroke, to the Kurils, northeast of Japan.

For the Japanese there was no choice but to wait, and wonder where the next amphibious assault would strike. It might be Halmahera, as Tokyo had nervously predicted, or it might be the Philippines. Or it might be a swift lunge across the Empire's marine artery which would set...

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