For many, the story of World War 2 is a war that centers on Europe and the destruction of the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler. The European Theater included iconic moments and battles such as D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. It also set the stage for another conflict only a few years after the V-E Day as the United States and West ostracized the Soviet Union and the East; this was evident in the German city of Berlin where the city split into halves based on who controlled the part of the city. Europe is also an international center of politics and commerce and as a player on the current world stage, people tend to place more emphasis on the European Theater when thinking of the Second World War, primarily because of how today dictates historical memory.
While the fighting in Europe is significant, for good reason, the war in the Pacific included some of the most brutal ground fighting, large changes in naval warfare and the dropping of the only two atomic bombs used in warfare in human history. The success of the United States in the Pacific hinged primarily on new naval tactics, especially because of the advent of the aircraft carrier and the usage of planes in naval battle. If it were not for the adaptation of naval warfare and the success of new naval tactics, specifically the utilization of the aircraft carrier, the Pacific could have very easily become the possession of the Japanese.
Carter, Jackson, "Naval Tactics and the Introduction of the Aircraft Carrier" (2014). History Class Publications. 7.