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Letters from the Front

The Pacific Theater of World War II is one of the most iconic fronts in World War II history. From Iwo Jima to Guadalcanal and beyond, the Pacific Theater is home to famous battles that are spoken about in the history books and are in the annals of history as battles that changed the outcome of World War II.

With the Pacific Theater inbound and a chance at redemption, I wanted to take a look at the battles of the Pacific Theater and speculate what maps will be coming with the Pacific Theater update and what will come after as we head into 2020 and into this game’s second year.

Tarawa

Tarawa is the Pacific version of D-Day and is usually underrepresented in World War II media as the famous battles of the Pacific usually get more recognition. Tarawa was the first American offensive after Guadalcanal, in the critical region of the Central Pacific.

If DICE chooses to add Tarawa, it would be the first time since Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault that the battle would be featured in a videogame and would be the first time that the battle would be featured in a multiplayer game.

Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign

Operation Forager was an offensive launched by the USMC on the Mariana and Palau islands to remove the Japanese from the area and push up towards the Philippines and begin bombing campaigns against Japan.

The Mariana and Palau Island campaign consisted of several well-known battles that haven’t had their share of sunlight; Peleliu, Saipan, Guam, Angaur, and Tinian all resulted in a USMC victory against the Japanese and would result in the famous battle at Leyte Gulf and the return to the Philippines.

Peleliu, Saipan, Angaur, and Tinian would all make an excellent addition to the Pacific and would fit right into the mantra of the unknown, unseen, and unplayed mantra that DICE is trying so hard to push.

The Bougainville Campaign

The Bougainville Campaign was a campaign that consisted of land and naval battles. The Bougainville Campaign was attached to Operation Cartwheel, the Marine Corps and US Navy grand strategy of island hopping towards Japan.

The Bougainville Campaign would be a great addition as the combat would mimic that of Guadalcanal: Heavy jungle fighting and CQC. Cape Torokina and its perimeter alongside the jungle would make for a great Grand Operation in where US Marines would have to assault the beach and hold its perimeter in a fortress-style mode against a counterattack of Japanese forces. The Bougainville Campaign is a great usage of what DICE is trying to aim for: their mantra of unknown, unplayed, and unseen as the Bougainville Campaign is a complete unseen battle of the Pacific Theater.

Kwajalein

Kwajalein, much like the battles above, is one of the unseen and unknown portions of the war in the Pacific. Unlike Europe, North Africa, and Italy the Pacific Theater was a vast battleground comprising in battles fought on land, sea, and air.

Employing the lessons that was learned during the Tarawa assault, the US launched another beach assault on the main islands of Kwajalein and Roi-Namur in the Marshall Islands. Kwajalein is an important battle in both the histories of the Marine Corps and the US Army as it showed the strength of the US amphibious capabilities and showed that the lessons from the disastrous landings at Tarawa was learned and has been effective; the tactics here at Kwajalein would follow the Marine Corps throughout the Pacific Theater. It would be nice to get this unknown battle into the lineup of the Pacific Theater.

Eniwetok

Eniwetok and Kwajalein would make a great Grand Operation as both battles directly follow each other in a sequential line. After the victory at Kwajalein, the invasion of Eniwetok would be underway. The capture of Eniwetok would provide the US with an airfield that would support US bombing raids and attacks on the Mariana Islands to the northwest. Eniwetok would be a crucial victory for the US Navy and it provided them with the airfield and base that the Navy desperately needed.

These unknown and unseen battles of the Pacific were one of many battles that paved the way for final victory against the Japanese Empire and it’s time to showcase some of these battles in videogame format. Battles like Saipan, Tarawa, Bougainville haven’t had their time in the sun has many of them have been overlooked by the Marine Corps’ more famous battles at places like Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal so its time to tell the other side of the story in the Pacific Theater. If DICE is seriously considering on making Battlefield V all about the unknown and the unseen battles then these battles would be a perfect example of their mantra.

If the Pacific is done right and done correctly then Battlefield V will turn around. This is DICE’s last chance to strike gold with Battlefield V, showcasing battles like these above will turn their efforts into gold.

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