1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 13, 2019 2:25 PM by Rebecca Collier

    How many Americans died in the Battle of Saipan?


      According to History Channel, "The brutal three-week Battle of Saipan resulted in more than 3,000 U.S. deaths and over 13,000 wounded. For their part, the Japanese lost at least 27,000 soldiers, by some estimates."   Is this number accurate?

        • Re: How many Americans died in the Battle of Saipan?
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Yumiko Sato,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          According to the USMC Historical Division Monograph titled Saipan: The Beginning of the End by Major Carl W. Hoffman (1950) pp. 268-269, there were 3,144 U.S. servicemen (both Army & Marine Corps) who were killed or died of their wounds and 10,952 that were wounded in action. We were unable to verify the number of Japanese casualties.


          To verify how many Japanese casualties there were, we suggest that you contact the Military History Department, National Institute for Defense Studies, 2-2-1 Nakameguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8648, Japan.  The web site is https://www.nids.go.jp/english/index.html.


          We hope this information is helpful. 


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