The Normandy Campaign : from D-Day to the liberation of Paris Victor Brooks Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2002 Hardcover. 1st Da Capo Press ed. 288 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
Many Americans have only a dim appreciation of the fact that the Second World War was conducted on two fronts – each half a world away – and that while the United States certainly did the heavy lifting, from being first the arsenal of democracy to later being the combat presence that shifted the balance to an allied victory in the European theatre of operations it had almost sole responsibility for all aspects of the Pacific theatre of operations. Brooks has given us two books that together give us a panorama of what was, if not the beginning of the end, at least the end of the beginning of the two ocean war that left the United States the only true global superpower in 1945.
Hell is upon us : D-Day in the Pacific– Saipan to Guam, June-August 1944 Victor Brooks Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2005 Hardcover. First edition and printing. x, 354 p.,  p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG
On June 14th 1944, just nine days after the D-Day invasion of Normandy, another mighty fleet steamed towards its own D-Day landing. A huge US flotilla of 800 ships carrying 162,000 men was about to attempt to smash into the outer defenses of the Japanese Empire. Their target was the Marianas Island group, which included Saipan, home to an important Japanese base and a large population of Japanese civilians, and Guam, the first American territory captured in the aftermath of Pearl Harbour.
During the next eight weeks, tens of thousands of men, hundreds of planes and dozens of major warships were locked in mortal combat. When it was over, 60,000 Japanese ground troops and most of the carrier air power of the Imperial Navy were annihilated, Japan’s leader, Tojo, was thrown out of office in disgrace and the newly captured enemy airfields were being transformed into launching bases for the B-29s that would carry the conventional and, later, atomic bombs to Japan, turning the land of the Rising Sun into a charred cinder. After the US victory in the Marianas campaign, the road to Tokyo was clearly in sight.