The United States' Victory in the Battle of the Philippine Sea

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Dubbed the largest battle between aircraft carriers, the World War two, Battle of the Philippine Sea was also the most lopsided modern naval victory ever. Like shooting fish in a barrel or a sitting duck the United States forces easily shot Japanese planes out of the sky and sunk their ships. The object of the battle was control of the Mariana Islands. The Japanese who had initiated the fight with us were strategically using the islands in the Philippine Sea as a defense for their homeland. The United States however also had a vested interest in these islands as they would help us project our forces into reaching distance of Japan. Though the Japanese had the upper hand in the Battle of the Philippines, the United States was able to …show more content…
Dubbed the largest battle between aircraft carriers, the World War two, Battle of the Philippine Sea was also the most lopsided modern naval victory ever. Like shooting fish in a barrel or a sitting duck the United States forces easily shot Japanese planes out of the sky and sunk their ships. The object of the battle was control of the Mariana Islands. The Japanese who had initiated the fight with us were strategically using the islands in the Philippine Sea as a defense for their homeland. The United States however also had a vested interest in these islands as they would help us project our forces into reaching distance of Japan. Though the Japanese had the upper hand in the Battle of the Philippines, the United States was able to overcome its disadvantages with superior command, equipment, and training. The Marianas consisted of 15 small islands in the Philippine Sea, south east of Japan. Their significance to America was that with their possession we could place air bases and then from there could use our B-29 strategic bombers to raid the Japanese home islands. On the Japanese side the Islands were important because they were a last line of defense for the homeland if the Marianas were lost there was nothing separating our advancing forces and their country, which would be devastating. Another reason they were so important was they contributed to Japan’s greatest advantage over the United States, their ability to use ground based aircraft on the islands along with
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