Iwo Jima Recon: The U.S. Navy at War, February 17, 1945

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Iwo Jima, February 17, 1945: The mission: to scout the beaches for underwater obstacles and mines and determine whether the soil would support vehicles. Four Navy Underwater Demolition Teams (predecessor to the SEALS) and twenty-two Marine observers-backed by battleships Tennessee and Nevada, a cruiser, several destroyers, and twelve Landing Craft Infantry ships configured as gunboats proceeded with the operation.

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Iwo Jima, February 17, 1945: The mission: to scout the beaches for underwater obstacles and mines and determine whether the soil would support vehicles. Four Navy Underwater Demolition Teams (predecessor to the SEALS) and twenty-two Marine observers-backed by battleships Tennessee and Nevada, a cruiser, several destroyers, and twelve Landing Craft Infantry ships configured as gunboats proceeded with the operation.

The story of what followed - the battle for Iwo Jima that no one knows - is fully told for the first time in this book, a heart-stopping account of ill-equipped but heroic forces under fire from an unexpected, overwhelming enemy.

Drawing on first-person accounts, deck logs, and after-action reports, Dick Camp brings the action to harrowing life: the thin-skinned reconfigured LCIs fighting it out with the Japanese in a valiant effort to protect the swimmers caught five hundred yards off the beach; the battleship Nevada ignoring orders to withdraw and moving in to knock out the enemys heavy caliber guns; the devastating action - casualities of 40 percent - that very likely saved the actual landing on the 19th.

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Leatherneck Magazine, April 2007

“Colonel Dick Camp, USMC (Ret), author of the recent works Leatherneck Legends and Battleship Arizona’s Marines at War, has produced another well-documented, -researched and -compiled must-read edition.

“Superbly written and studded with newly uncovered photos, Iwo Jima Recon beckons us to join the UDT Iwo Jima reconnaissance force. It truly can be said that the horrendous battle for Iwo commenced, with vigor, on Feb. 17, two days before the first Marine landed.”

Midwest Book Review, April 2007
"Iwo Jima Recon is packed with vintage photos and moment-by-moment details of the recon actions before the invasion, and is essential for any in-depth collection including coverage of Iwo Jima events."

Leatherneck Magazine, April 2007

"Iwo Jima Recon tells the chilling account of our daring reconnaissance Marines and U.S. Navy frogmen, and the supporting gunboat flotilla, that cleared the way for Marines to land on that tiny sulfuric island just two days prior to D-day. Colonel Dick Camp, USMC (Ret), author of the recent works Leatherneck Legends and Battleship Arizona’s Marines at War, has produced another well-documented, -researched and -compiled must-read edition.

Replicating the winning formula used in these two volumes, he carefully pieced together Navy after-action reports and eyewitness accounts, all suitably supported by numerous never-before-published photos. The resulting combination brings the reader up close to the opening shots of the fiery fray that was the battle for Iwo Jima.

Superbly written and studded with newly uncovered photos, Iwo Jima Recon beckons us to join the UDT Iwo Jima reconnaissance force. It truly can be said that the horrendous battle for Iwo commenced, with vigor, on Feb. 17, two days before the first Marine landed. During WW II, Underwater Demolition Teams, forerunners of today’s SEAL teams, proved to be a great assist to invasion planners and to the Marines who safely splashed ashore."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760329931
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/15/2007
  • Series: At War Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.63 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author


Dick Camp is a retired Marine Corps colonel and the author of Lima-6, his memoir as a Marine infantry company commander at Khe Sanh, which has been described as “an outstanding true story. A tremendous book recounting . . . the challenges of leading [young] Marines in war time.” He is also the author of Leatherneck Legends: Conversations with the Marine Corps’ Old Breed. Over his twenty-six-year career, he served with two of the five legends covered in that book. Camp currently serves as Deputy Director, History Division, Marine Corps University, in Quantico, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Contents

 

Chapter One: Banzai

Chapter Two: Expeditionary Force

Chapter Three: Waterbug Navy

Chapter Four: “Request Permission to Return to the Line”

Chapter Five: Half Fish and Half Nuts

Appendix: Citations

Bibliography

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Not among the best books I've read on the subject

    The book is not for anyone who is not very interested in World War II. Granted, I've read many books on the war, but I found little that I didn't already know. I expected to find more detail on how the frogmen did their jobs, e.g., handling beach obstacles. The book struck me more as a chronicle of which ships were damaged and when, which ones replaced them, casualties etc.

    Interesting enough, but not a riveting read.

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