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Battle of Saipan, June 1944

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–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 27th Infantry Division, commanded by Lieutenant General Holland Smith, defeated the 43rd Division of the Imperial Japanese Army, commanded by Lieutenant General Yoshitsugu Saito.

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BHC 001196 Japanese fleeing Garapan

Ref: BHC 001196
Trapped Japanese soldiers, north of the town of Garapan, attempted to gain refuge by getting to their few ships in Tanapag harbor.  On the beach is one Japanese soldier who didn't make the boat.  ...

BHC 001196 Japanese fleeing Garapan
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