Book cover for Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944 -1945 by Waldo Heinrichs and Marc Gallicchio

Implacable Foes: War in the Pacific, 1944 – 1945

May 8, 1945, Victory in Europe Day—shortened to “V.E. Day”—brought with it the demise of Nazi Germany. But for the Allies, the war was only half-won. Exhausted but exuberant American soldiers, ready to return home, were sent to join the fighting in the Pacific, which by the spring and summer of 1945 had turned into a grueling campaign of bloody attrition against an enemy determined to fight to the last man. Germany had surrendered unconditionally. The Japanese would clearly make the conditions of victory extraordinarily high. […Learn More]