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US Airborne Units in the Pacific Theater 1942-45

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The US airborne units serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II are considered to be among the best-trained and effective forces in the war. Deployed in fewer numbers than was the case across Europe, parachute units such as the famed 11th Airborne Division and the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment operated in harsh terrain, over long distances against a determined enemy in the most extreme situations. These parachute regiments were involved in some of the most significant combat situations in the ...

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Overview

The US airborne units serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II are considered to be among the best-trained and effective forces in the war. Deployed in fewer numbers than was the case across Europe, parachute units such as the famed 11th Airborne Division and the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment operated in harsh terrain, over long distances against a determined enemy in the most extreme situations. These parachute regiments were involved in some of the most significant combat situations in the Pacific, recapturing Corregidor Island, invading the Aleutians and the first troops to arrive in Japan before its surrender.

Using detailed maps, an array of photographs and color artwork and organizational tables, Gordon Rottman describes the internal organization, unique weaponry and equipment, training and combat operations of these elite units, highlighting unusual aspects of their service record and the difficulties of dropping onto tiny islands surrounded by freezing seas, completing the Battle Orders examination of the organization and operational deployment of all the US airborne units that fought in the war.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846031281
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/22/2007
  • Series: Battle Orders Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 827,558
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas. The author lives in Cypress, TX.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     4
Combat mission     6
Unit status     8
Marine parachute units
11th Airborne Division
503d Parachute Regimental Combat Team
541st Parachute Infantry Regiment
Training     18
Doctrine     22
Unit organization     25
Unit designation practices
11th Airborne Division organization
Marine parachute units
Tactics     39
Weapons and equipment     42
Army weapons
Marine weapons
Crew-served weapons
The airlift
Command, control, communications, and intelligence     47
Combat operations     49
Marine parachute units in the Solomons
Nadzab, New Guinea
Noemfoor Island
The Leyte operation
The Luzon operations
Corregidor
The Los Banos raid
The Negros Island operation
Camalaniugan, Luzon
On to Japan
Chronology     92
Bibliography     93
Glossary and abbreviations     94
Army and Marine Corps officer ranks
Index     95
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