The World War II Challenge Webinar Series continues to the Marianas Islands, the Philippine Sea, and Iwo Jima. Jonathan Parshall returns to discuss the Battle of the Philippine Sea and will be joined by bestselling author James M. Scott whose book Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila was named a “Best Book of 2018” by Amazon, Kirkus, and Military Times. Scott’s next book, releasing in fall 2022, is an in-depth look at the March 9 firebombing of Tokyo, which killed more than 100,000 men, women and children. In the buildup to the firebombing, Scott discusses the development of American air power strategy and the airfields on the Marianas Islands that led to that monumental raid.
During this webinar, Parshall will take you through one of the largest naval battles of the war, including “The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot,” while Scott will discuss the importance of the Marianas Islands and Iwo Jima to the air campaign over Japan.
About The World War II Challenge
The World War II Challenge is a unique, virtual fitness challenge that honors our WWII veterans. Registration is open from 6/4/21 to 7/4/21. Participants can complete any of the following courses:
- Operation Pacific Theater 72 Mile Course
- Operation Pacific Theater 717 Mile Course
- Operation Liberty Road 100 Mile Course
- Operation Liberty Road 712 Mile Course
About Jonathan Parshall:
Jonathan Parshall saw his interest in the Imperial Japanese Navy develop early in his childhood. As an adult, that passion led him to create the foremost website devoted to the Imperial Navy, combinedfleet.com, which he founded in 1995. Parshall’s book, Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway, coauthored with Anthony Tully, is the definitive account of that pivotal battle in the Pacific. He has written for the Naval War College Review, the US Naval Institute’s Proceedings and Naval History magazines, World War II magazine, Wartime (the journal of the Australian War Memorial), Flypast magazine, the Sankei Shimbun, and several overseas aviation publications. He has also illustrated numerous books on the Pacific war (including his friend Richard Frank’s MacArthur). Parshall is an adjunct lecturer for the US Naval War College, and has appeared on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and the BBC. He is a graduate of Carleton College and the Carlson School of Management, and his next book will look at the Imperial Japanese Navy’s tactics while fighting a night, a strategy they used to great early success during the naval battles near Guadalcanal.
About James M. Scott:
James M. Scott, a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, is the author of Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor, which was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist and was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus Reviews, The Christian Science Monitor, and Fort Worth Star-Telegram. His other works include The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan and The Attack on the Liberty: The Untold Story of Israel’s Deadly 1967 Assault on a US Spy Ship, which won the Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison Award. Scott’s fourth book, Rampage, was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by the editors at Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, and Military Times. In addition, Scott has been interviewed on national television, public radio, and in newspapers ranging from The New York Times to The Washington Post. Scott also was a featured presenter on the Smithsonian Channel’s television series Hell Below and at The 2018 International Conference on World War II. Scott lives with his wife and two children in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
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