BERING SEA e %Dutch Harbour GULF OF ALASKA T H Vancouvti s T OCEAN San Franci cisco Los Angeles Pearl Harbour wan <EQUATOR k T r Z o /MARQUESAS ISLANDS ^SANTA CRUZ %ISLANDS *^SAM O A 41* O a.m ^/-SOCIETY ISLANDS A 1rs 0> i%? \flJI ISLANDS --COOK ISLANDS TONGA ISLANDS Pitcairn SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN EF. its tremendous offensive from Pearl Harbour, striking west also towards the Philippines. As 1944 progressed these two offensives—MacArthurs from Australia Admiral Nimitzs from Hawaii—con verged until by September with MacArthur in Morotai and Nimitz in Palau they had cut through the heart of Japans island empire and were poised together for the united attack on the Philippines. Once so marked on a map the widely separate movements of the Pacific war emerge as a closely concerted plan for the recapture of the Philippines, strategic key to all Japan's overseas conquests. 5
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