Storm Landings: Epic Amphibious Battles in the Central Pacific

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The Pacific War changed abruptly in November 1943 when Adm. Chester W. Nimitz unleashed his Central Pacific drive, spearheaded by U.S. Marines. The sudden American proclivity for bold amphibious assaults into the teeth of prepared defenses astonished Japanese commanders, who called them "storm landings" because they differed sharply from earlier campaigns. This is the story of seven now-epic long-range assaults executed against murderous enemy fire at Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa -...
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The Pacific War changed abruptly in November 1943 when Adm. Chester W. Nimitz unleashed his Central Pacific drive, spearheaded by U.S. Marines. The sudden American proclivity for bold amphibious assaults into the teeth of prepared defenses astonished Japanese commanders, who called them "storm landings" because they differed sharply from earlier campaigns. This is the story of seven now-epic long-range assaults executed against murderous enemy fire at Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa - and a potential eighth, Kyushu. The author describes each clash as demonstrating a growing U.S. ability to concentrate an overwhelming naval force against a distant strategic objective and literally kick down the front door. The battles were violent, thoroughly decisive, and always bloody, with the landing force never relinquishing the offensive. The cost of storming these seven fortified islands was great: 74,805 combat casualties for the Marines and their Navy comrades. Losses among participating Army and offshore Navy units spiked the total to 100,000 dead and wounded. Award-winning historian Joseph Alexander relates this extraordinary story with an easy narrative style bolstered by years of research in original battle accounts, new Japanese translations, and fresh interviews with survivors. Richly illustrated and abounding with human-interest anecdotes about colorful "web-footed amphibians," Storm Landings vividly portrays the sheer drama of these three-dimensional battles whose magnitude and ferocity may never again be seen in this world.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781557500328
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1997
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Rags to Riches 1
Ch. 1 Cracking a Tough Nut 9
Ch. 2 Pacific Proving Ground 23
Ch. 3 Turning Point at Tarawa 40
Ch. 4 The Marianas: Storming the "Absolute National Defense Sphere" 62
Ch. 5 Sharpening the Amphibious Ax 86
Ch. 6 Bloody Peleliu 104
Ch. 7 Iwo Jima: Storming Sulfur Island 126
Ch. 8 Okinawa: Amphibious Capstone 149
Ch. 9 Collision Course: The Planned Invasion of Kyushu 172
Epilogue: Parting Shots 193
App Ten Unforgettable Amphibians 201
Textual Notes 209
Notes on Sources 223
Bibliography 225
Index 233
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