Tanks on the Beaches: A Marine Tanker in the Pacific War / Edition 1

Tanks on the Beaches: A Marine Tanker in the Pacific War / Edition 1

by Robert M. Neiman, Kenneth W. Estes
     
 


Robert Neiman, perhaps the most experienced combat commander of the U.S. Marine Corps’ tank arm, was one of the rare USMC officers to serve in both Iwo Jima and Okinawa battles. In Tanks on the Beaches, Neiman and his coauthor, Kenneth Estes, relay vivid accounts of fighting in the Pacific War, as well as Marine Corps service during the entire WorldSee more details below

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Robert Neiman, perhaps the most experienced combat commander of the U.S. Marine Corps’ tank arm, was one of the rare USMC officers to serve in both Iwo Jima and Okinawa battles. In Tanks on the Beaches, Neiman and his coauthor, Kenneth Estes, relay vivid accounts of fighting in the Pacific War, as well as Marine Corps service during the entire World War II period, devoid of idolatry and mythmaking. The result is a war story told from the unique perspective of men fighting from armored machines in desperate battles against a determined enemy.

After the capture of Guadalcanal, Neiman endured Japanese bombardments there to gather information for his assignment as operations officer of a new tank school being formed in California. He eventually led his own tank company through four island battles culminating in the cauldron of Iwo Jima. Later, he finished the war as executive officer and commanding officer of the 1st Tank Battalion on occupation and security duty in North China in 1945–46.

Neiman and Estes take the reader from prewar training at Quantico and in North Carolina through the delights of a New Zealand bereft of men, the horrors of Saipan and Iwo, the peculiar situation in China after the war, and then the trip back to the States for Neiman’s successful postwar career as a lumber retailer.

Through it all, Estes translates Neiman’s eye for the interesting and the human into a multifaceted tale of a young Marine going to war. This is an adventure story with many novel turns that will attract the interest of military experts, military history aficionados, Marine Corps members in general, and veterans of armored fighting vehicle units. Neiman is not a USMC icon, just one of the unheralded thousands of officers who did the real fighting. This is their story, as much as it is his.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585442409
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
03/17/2003
Series:
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series, #85
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Robert Neiman is retired and now lives in Indian Wells, California.Kenneth Estes is a historian, defense consultant, and former commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Preface
Acknowledgments
1The Early Days: 1918-393
2Joining Up, but with Whom?16
3First Organizations: Preparing for War23
4Early Tests in the Southwest Pacific38
5Training Command51
6Gearing Up for the Central Pacific: Roi-Namur64
7Breaking the Japanese Barriers: Saipan and Tinian89
8Infernal Iwo118
9Okinawa: The Last Battle142
10A China Fling: 1945-46156
Epilogue171
App. 1Tanks in Marine Corps Service, 1940-45183
App. 2Selected Documents189
App. 3: Robert M. Neiman Chronology195
Notes197
Index201

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