"War in the Pacific" is an ode to the Marines lovingly narrated by Tom Hanks. Forgive me Tom, but the Marine Corps doesn't need any assistance at publicity. They've been doing all right in that line since Chesty Puller's day.
No mention is made of the Army except in passing. The Navy probably wouldn't even get a nod from the film makers except for the fact that they provide the ships that the Marines land in.
The 32nd Infantry Division (National Guard) had a minor skirmish in New Guinea and the Philippines but hey-ho it was just a side-show of the war.
On 15 October 1940, the 32nd Division, Wisconsin and Michigan National Guard, was called to Active Duty.
In August and September of 1941, the 32nd Division participated in the 'Louisiana Maneuvers,' the greatest peacetime maneuver in the history of the United States Army.
On 22 April 1942, the 32nd Division sailed from San Francisco, bound for the war in the South Pacific. They arrived in Port Adelaide, South Australia on 14 May 1942.
On 15 September 1942 the first elements of the Division were flown from Australia to Port Moresby, New Guinea.
The 32nd Division was the first U.S. Division to fight an offensive action against the Japanese in the Southwest Pacific.
The Division fought in six major engagements in four Campaigns involving 654 days of combat, more than any other American Division.
Many firsts were accredited to the 32nd âRed Arrowâ Division.
First U.S. Division to fight an offensive action against the Japanese in the Southwest Pacific (Papuan Campaign).
First U.S. Division to be airborne into combat (Papuan Campaign).
First U.S. Division to make a beach landing in New Guinea Campaign (Saidor).
First to employ General MacArthur's by-pass strategy.
First U.S. Division to embark for overseas service in one convoy after 7 Dec. 1941.
First to simultaneously supply 11 battalions in combat in one action completely by airdrop (Aitape).
First to supply four infantry battalions for two days from artillery liaison "Cub" planes (Leyte).
First to publish an American servicemen's letterpress newspaper in the Southwest Pacific.
First to go into action at the foot of "the road back," was still fighting when the "cease fire" order came on 15 August 1945.
Elements of the 32nd Division were also among the first American occupation troops to land in Japan.
Eleven Medals of Honor, 157 Distinguished Service Crosses, 49 Legion of Merit, 845 Silver Stars, 1854 Bronze Stars, 98 Air Medals, 78 Soldiers Medals and 11,500 Purple Hearts were awarded its heroes.
On 2 September 1945 General Tomoyuki Yamashita, Highest Commander of the Imperial Japanese Army in the Philippines, surrendered to the 32nd Infantry Division on Luzon.
On 4 September 1945, an advance detachment of the 32nd Division (1st Battalion, 127th Infantry) was flown to Kyushu (southern most of the four main Japanese islands) for occupation duty, only 5 days behind the earliest troop landings anywhere in Japan. The remainder of the Division arrived in Japan by 14 October 1945.
The 32nd Division was inactivated at Fukuoka, Japan on 28 February 1946.
On 8 November 1946 the Division was again Federally recognized as the 32nd Infantry Division, Wisconsin National Guard.
I've seen all the four episodes that have been aired, thought it a decent crack at portraying some of the mindless misery of conflict.
So what if it doesn't mention every other butcher, baker or candlestick maker? Being of Blighty stock, I really couldn't give a "hooer!" (or whatever they tend to shout) whether it's the Simpering Sempers or the 982nd MRE Munchers.
As far as I can make out, the Paras won the Iraq conflict, sorted out Helmand and are needed because the Hereford hoods are struggling...
A Lot of the Army/Marine rivalry goes back to Bellau Wood when a reporter named Floyd Gibbons directly gave all the credit to the Marines for the battle. Press rules were not to name units and Gibbons did. Truman hated the Corps from his days in the AEF as gloryboys. The reality is the US Army conducted far more AMphibious Landings and assaults than the Marines. 70% of AMTANK units in the PTO were Amry vs. Marine. Sheer numbers as well. USMC fielded 6 divisions (all fought in the PTO), US Army fielded 18 infantry Divisions, 1 Airborne Division, 1 Cavalry Division, numerous seperate Tank & Infantry Bn's, 6th Ranger Bn, the Alamo Scouts. Corps and Army level Engineer, Arty, QM, AAA units as well.
But all in all, the story is a good one and is about to get better as the next 3 installments cover the Peleliu battle