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: Up the Solomons Ladder - Bougainville, covers the second major campaign of the 1st Marine Division, the struggle for Bougainville. The capture of the island provided valuable lessons for both sides in the art of amphibious warfare, and served as further notice of the inexorable march of U.S. forces across the Pacific theater.