WWII: Victory Over Japan
East Asia 1945.0303
World War II, Pacific War, Second Sino-Japanese War (3 March 1945)
Historical Map of East Asia & the Western Pacific
While its bombers hit Japan, the US secured Leyte and its neighboring islands in the Philippines. By January, the Americans were ready for the main island of Luzon and, in February, the capital of Manila. The Japanese defended Manila to the death, taking many Filipino civilians with them, over a one month battle which saw the total destruction of the city.
Battle of Luzon
Battle of Manila
Battle of Iwo Jima
Hoping to establish a base of operations from which to stage regular bombing runs on the main islands of Japan, the US Marine Corps landed on the island of Iwo Jima, the first allied landing on the integral territory of Japan itself.