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The US Invasion: 'Attack The Americans And Die!' (21 July - 6 August 1944)

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According to the Japanese official history of the war, the author and his companions struck the colours by fire on 21 July 1944 when the Americans invaded Guam. The intensification of the American bombardment suggested that their invasion was imminent. The US assault on Guam which aimed to wipe out fighting capacity of Japanese garrisons there was said to be one of the largest in the entire history of the Pacific War. The tonnage of bombs and shells dropped on the island during the three days prior to the invasion was said to have amounted to 1,300 tons. In military training, they were repeatedly told never to miss a target. Warrant Officer Kagawa who acted as the spearhead in the overnight assault had his abdomen pierced through by a bullet. A short time before, Company Commander Tsuchiya told them that they were going to Agana to join the division headquarters.

Keywords: American bombardment; Company Commander Tsuchiya; Guam; Japanese garrisons; Pacific War



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