The true mettle of an American soldier was thoroughly tested by the formidable Japanese soldier during WW2. He emerged with flying colors. It established the image of an American soldier as of a tough, easy-going but very mean fighting machine.
SOLOMON ISLANDS CAMPAIGN
THE ALEUTIAN ISLANDS CAMPAIGN
NEW GUINEA CAMPAIGN
- Territory of New Guinea, the north-eastern part of the island of New Guinea and surrounding islands, controlled by Australia under a League of Nations Mandate;
- Territory of Papua the south-eastern part of the island of New Guinea, an Australian colony and;
- Dutch New Guinea, the western part of the island (later known as West Papua).
BATTLE OF PELELIU
Mount Tapochau is the highest point on the island of Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands. It is located in the centre of the island, north of San Vicente village and northwest of Magicienne Bay, and rises to a height of 474 m (1554 ft). The mountain offers a 360 degree view of the island. Mount Tapochau was vital in World War II as a result of this.