This is a 16 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on World War II - Pacific Theater - Battle of Guam. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
Situated in the Mariana Islands, Guam became a possession of the United States following the Spanish-American War in 1898. Lightly defended, it was captured by Japan on December 10, 1941, three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Following advances through the Gilbert and Marshall Islands, which saw places such as Tarawa and Kwajalein secured, Allied leaders commenced planning for a return to the Marianas in June 1944.
Like all Islands in World War II, Guam was hotly contested until the Americans prevailed in late 1944. The Battle of Guam is significant in that, in the weeks after the battle, engineers transformed Guam into a major Allied base that included 5 airfields. These, along with other airfields in the Marianas, gave USAAF B-29 Superfortresses bases from which to commence striking targets in the Japanese home islands.
Of note is Sergeant Shoichi Yokoi, a sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army during the war. He was among the last 3 Japanese holdouts to be found after the end of hostilities in 1945, discovered in the jungles January 24, 1972, almost 28 years after US forces had regained control of the island in 1944.
Despite hiding for 28 years in an underground jungle cave, he had known since 1952 that World War II had ended. He feared to come out of hiding, explaining, "We Japanese soldiers were told to prefer death to the disgrace of getting captured alive.” It is with much embarrassment, but I have returned", he said upon his return to Japan. The remark would become a popular saying in Japanese.
The presentation covers the following:
Battle Begins (2)
Securing the Peninsula
Sergeant Shoishi Yokoi (2)
End of Presentation
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