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Tarawa 1943 (Praeger Illustrated Military History Series): The Turning of the Tide
     

Tarawa 1943 (Praeger Illustrated Military History Series): The Turning of the Tide

by Derrick Wright
 

The island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll was defended by the elite troops of the Special Naval Landing Force, whose commander, Admiral Shibasaki, boasted that the Americans could not take Tarawa with a million men in a hundred years. In a daring amphibious invasion, the Marines of the 2nd Division set out to prove him wrong, overcoming serious planning errors to

Overview

The island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll was defended by the elite troops of the Special Naval Landing Force, whose commander, Admiral Shibasaki, boasted that the Americans could not take Tarawa with a million men in a hundred years. In a daring amphibious invasion, the Marines of the 2nd Division set out to prove him wrong, overcoming serious planning errors to fight a three-day battle of unprecedented savagery. The cost would be more than 3,000 Marine casualties at the hands of a garrison of some 3,700. The lessons learned would dispel forever any illusions that Americans had about the fighting quality of the Japanese.

The island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll was defended by the elite troops of the Special Naval Landing Force, whose commander, Admiral Shibasaki, boasted that the Americans could not take Tarawa with a million men in a hundred years. In a daring amphibious invasion, the Marines of the 2nd Division set out to prove him wrong, overcoming serious planning errors to fight a three-day battle of unprecedented savagery. The cost would be more than 3,000 Marine casualties at the hands of a garrison of some 3,700.

The lessons learned at Tarawa would dispel forever any illusions that Americans had about the fighting quality of the Japanese, and would provide the U.S. Marine Corps with vital experience for the forthcoming assault of the Marshall Islands.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275982713
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/28/2004
Series:
Praeger Illustrated Military History Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author

DERRICK WRIGHT WRIGHT is a writer whose research over the years has brought him in touch with many Pacific War veterans.

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