Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa

Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa

by Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC (Ret.)
     
 

ISBN-10: 159114003X

ISBN-13: 9781591140030

Pub. Date: 09/01/2008

Publisher: Naval Institute Press


Marine combat veteran and award-winning military historian Joseph Alexander takes a fresh look at one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War. His gripping narrative, first published in 1995, has won him many prizes, with critics lauding his use of Japanese documents and his interpretation of the significance of what happened. The first trial by fire of…  See more details below

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Marine combat veteran and award-winning military historian Joseph Alexander takes a fresh look at one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War. His gripping narrative, first published in 1995, has won him many prizes, with critics lauding his use of Japanese documents and his interpretation of the significance of what happened. The first trial by fire of America's fledgling amphibious assault doctrine, the violent three-day attack on Tarawa, a seemingly invincible Japanese island fortress of barely three hundred acres, left six thousand men dead. This book offers an authoritative account of the tactics, innovations, leadership, and weapons employed by both antagonists. Alexander convincingly argues that without the vital lessons of Tarawa the larger amphibious victories to come at Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa might not have been possible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591140030
Publisher:
Naval Institute Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
388,981
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Prologue: "Issue in Doubt!" 3

Ch. 1 The Central Pacific Takes Center Stage 11

Ch. 2 The Japanese in the Gilberts 21

Ch. 3 Amphibious Warriors 42

Ch. 4 Movement to Contact 67

Ch. 5 Into the Gates of Hell 97

Ch. 6 Gaining Toeholds on D-Day 122

Ch. 7 Dark-Eyed Night 147

Ch. 8 "We Are Winning!" 159

Ch. 9 Fight to the Finish 180

Ch. 10 The Gilberts Aflame 208

Ch. 11 Pyrrhic Victory 227

Epilogue: Tarawa's Enduring Legacy 241

Notes on Sources 251

Notes 253

Bibliography 285

Index 293

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