This is a 16 slide, highly animated, power point presentations on World War II - Pacific Theater - Battle of Saipan. Each of the presentation slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
Having captured Guadalcanal in the Solomons, Tarawa in the Gilberts, and Kwajalein in the Marshalls, American forces continued their "island-hopping" campaign across the Pacific by planning attacks in the Marianas Islands for mid-1944. Comprised primarily of the islands of Saipan, Guam, and Tinian, the Marianas were coveted by the Allies as airfields there would place the home islands of Japan within range of bombers such as the B-29 Superfortress. Their capture, along with securing Taiwan, would effectively cut off Japanese forces to the south from Japan.
The Japanese were cut off from resupply relatively quickly. Realizing his fate was sealed Japanese leaders Saito and Nagumo's formed his men in a strong defensive line around Mount Tapotchau and conducted an effective defense designed to maximize American losses. This saw the Japanese use the terrain to great advantage including fortifying the island's numerous caves. Moving slowly, American troops utilized flamethrowers and explosives to expel the Japanese from these positions.
With the battle turning against the defenders, Emperor Hirohito became concerned about the propaganda damage of Japanese civilians surrendering to the Americans. He issued a decree stating that Japanese civilians that committed suicide would enjoy an enhanced spiritual status in the afterlife. Though American forces actively encouraged the surrender of Saipan's civilians, thousands heeded the emperors' call to kill themselves with many jumping from the island's high cliffs. Later called "Suicide Cliff" and "Banzai Cliff".
As accurate news of the island's defense reached the Japanese public, it was devastated to learn of the mass suicides by the civilian population which were interpreted as a sign of defeat rather than spiritual enhancement.
The presentation covers the following:
Importance of Saipan
U. S. Attacks
Hirohito’s Suicide Decree
End of Presentation
This is one of many power point presentations I offer in my store under the heading.... World War II.