Synopsis by Rob Ferrier
Crusade in the Pacific is a video series that documents the fighting between the United States and Japan's Empire of the Rising Sun during and immediately after World War II. Each episode examines a crucial stage in a war that was contested bitterly and marked by unheard-of savagery. This episode, Crusade in the Pacific: Battle for the Marianas, covers the battles that marked one of the last major U.S. offensives and returned Guam to American oversight. The battles marked a turning point in the war as the captured airfields, most notably on Saipan, gave the United States the bases it needed to carry out its program of strategic bombing.