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The island of Truk was 800 square miles of sheltered lagoons and strong defensive capabilities 1 In 1944 the island became vulnerable to allied attacks2 All of the warships were subsequently moved away from the island leaving all the forces on the island without warship protection Truk was still considered one of Japans greatest naval bases Vice Adm Chuichi Hara was in command of the forces on the island At this point in the war the allied forces were just moping up the Japanese as they proceeded to mainland Japan There was no point in an amphibious assault on an island that had no military significance Especially when you could just bomb the island form afar The allied forces were not out to crush every Japanese stronghold They were making the move towards Japan It was not necessary to stop at every island and waste lives Truk was to be neutralized Carrier aircraft from task force 58 attacked Truk And shot down everything that was thrown at them And when they had nothing left to throw at them it was a duck shoot They pounded the island 31 ships were sunk3 270 aircraft destroyed4 The forces on the island were reduced to nothing in a few short months Of the forces that were left instead of fighting the allies they were fighting starvation and disease 2000 died of starvation5 Bibliography Work Cited Hagen Jerome War in the Pacific Ohio Book Masters Inc 1988 270 Hagen Jerome War in the Pacific Ohio Book Masters Inc 1988 270 Hagen Jerome War in the Pacific Ohio Book Masters Inc 1988 270 Hagen Jerome War in the Pacific Ohio Book Masters Inc 1988 270 Hagen Jerome War in the Pacific
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