What different challenges did the U.S. face fighting in the Pacific versus fighting in Europe? War In The Pacific

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In the Pacific, we also did not really have a forward base from which to stage invasions, like we did in Europe with England against Germany, and the bombing raids against Japan had to assemble B-29's from many bases so coordination was difficult.

All of our supplies had to be...

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In the Pacific, we also did not really have a forward base from which to stage invasions, like we did in Europe with England against Germany, and the bombing raids against Japan had to assemble B-29's from many bases so coordination was difficult.

All of our supplies had to be moved by sea, which put huge demands on shipping and it was hard to protect all of those supply ships over such a big ocean as the Pacific.  The Japanese were very well dug in to the islands they defended, and believed in the Code of Bushido - that to die for the Emperor was a glorious death and to surrender was eternal dishonor.  In Germany, only the SS were that fanatical.

Since we had to rely on our navy in the Pacific for just about everything, what we lost at Pearl Harbor put us at a disadvantage until at least 1943.

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I can think of at least three.

First, the Americans had to deal with huge distances in the Pacific.  The various island they needed to invade were separated from one another by large amounts of ocean.  So they needed lots of shipping and logistical planning.

Second, they faced much worse climates, or at least very unfamiliar climates.  In the Pacific, they had to fight in jungles that were very hot and humid, with strange insects and unfamiliar diseases.

Finally, the Japanese fought in a manner much different from the Germans.  The Japanese did not surrender much, did stuff like Kamikaze attacks, and did not treat prisoners very well.

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