The Battle of Saipan was a battle of the Pacific campaign of World War II, fought on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands from 15 June to 9 July 1944. The Allied invasion fleet embarking the expeditionary forces left Pearl Harbor on 5 June 1944, the day before Operation Overlord in Europe was launched. The U.S. 2nd Marine Division, 4th Marine Division, and the Army's 27th Infantry Division, commanded by Lieutenant General Holland Smith, defeated the 43rd Infantry Division of the Imperial Japanese Army, commanded by Lieutenant General Yoshitsugu Saito. The loss of Saipan, with the deaths of at least 29,000 troops and heavy civilian casualties, precipitated the resignation of Prime Minister of Japan Hideki Tōjō and left the Japanese archipelago within the range of United States Army Air Forces B-29 bombers. [Wikipedia]
Visit landing beaches (Yellow, Blue, Green, Red), touch relics, tanks, bunkers, torpedos, unexploded ordnance, bomb magazines and more in this full day tour.
Return to this exact spot (photo: June, 1944) and see what it looks like today Inside a Japanese air raid shelter Japanese tank along Beach Road
A Private Collection
B29 propellers, coke bottle, prewar railroad tracks and much more! Bullet ridden canteens, guns... helmets, pistols... Medicine bottles, coins, dishes... "Battle of Saipan relic hunter" Fabian I, and me..next to a B-29 propeller
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