THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC. The Americans did not celebrate the victory in Europe for very long , as Japan was busy conquering an empire that dwarfed Hitler’s Third Reich Japan had conquered much of southeast Asia including the Dutch East Indies, Guam, and most of China. BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA.
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The Battle of Midway was a turning point in the war – soon the Allies were island hopping toward Japan
In the Battle for the Philippines, 424 Kamikaze pilots sank 16 ships and damaged 80 more
American soldiers plant the flag on the Island of Iwo Jima after their victory
The loss of life at Iwo Jima and Okinawa convinced Allied leaders that an invasion of Japan was not the best idea
The plane and crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan
At the White House, President Harry Truman announces the Japanese surrender, August 14, 1945