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History Research Guide - World War II: Pacific Theater

A guide to the resources available in the library on World War II.

U.S. Marine 'Raiders' and their Dogs

U.S. Marine 'Raiders' and their Dogs
U.S. Marine `Raiders' and their dogs, which are used for scouting and running messages, starting off for the jungle front lines on Bougainville photographed by T. SGT. J. Sarno, 1943. Courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.

Possible Topics

Here are some topic questions to help you get started on your paper.

 The U.S. entered into war with Japan after they attacked Pearl Harbor. Why did the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor? Why were they willing to risk war with the United States? Why was Japan anxious to expand its territory?

What experience did the U.S. soldiers have while fighting in the Pacific? What can we understand about the Pacific theater from WWII accounts? What dangers existed? What did men do on their time off? How was fighting the Pacific theater different from fighting the European theater?

What strategies did the U.S. use in the Pacific? What allied countries did they fight with? How did the strategy in the Pacific differ from Europe? What were the major battles of the Pacific? Who won them? In the beginning the Japanese won several major victories, what changed? How did the U.S. manage to defeat the Japanese? Would the U.S. have won the war without the Atomic Bomb?

Online Resources

Casualty from the Front Line

Casualty from the Front Line
A Casualty From the Front Line... Guadalcanal 1942-1945. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Reference Books

Books in the Library