World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE PACIFIC: Man with Answers

Back to his post in Pearl Harbor went Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, commander of the mightiest fleet and amphibious force in world history. For more than a week he had been in Washington, planning, conferring. Before he left, Navymen whispered, some of the U.S.'s weightiest war decisions were made. The war against Japan depended no longer on European developments.

In the Pacific, U.S. air power thundered through the islands. Land-based Liberators bombed Truk for the first time. Long-range, Aleutian-based Army and Navy planes pecked at the Kuriles. One lone Army Liberator swung...

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