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The US Marines battle for Tarawa Atoll and the Marshall Islands included some of the fiercest, most decisive combat and battles in the Pacific Theatre - critical engagements that this book brings vividly to life, using photographs shot by soldiers at the time. This historic drama unfolds using these hundreds of rare photographs, alongside a history documenting the 2nd Marine Division's amphibious assault on Betio Island in the Tarawa atoll on November 20, 1943, the landing of the 22nd Marines on the Marshalls on February 18, and the four days of intense fighting that bought the atoll under Allied control in under four days. Not for nothing was this known as 'Bloody Tarawa', and these unique, never-before-seen photographs capture this fiercely desperate combat in uncompromising, stark images.
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On November 20, 1943, the 2d Marine Division hit the beach on tiny Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, expecting that its defenses had been “pounded into coral dust” by naval and air bombardment. They found instead that the Japanese had survived and held largely intact defenses. Three days of intense fighting secured the island at the cost of one thousand dead Marines and more than two thousand wounded.
By early 1944 the Americans’ westward drive across the Pacific required airfields in the Marshall Islands at Kwajalein and Eniwetok atolls. In late January, the 4th Marine Division and U.S. Army troops wrenched control of Kwajalein Atoll in three days of fighting. Then, beginning on February 18, the 22d Marine Regiment landed on three islands in Eniwetok Atoll. The newly rebuilt airfields would support future operations in the Mariana Islands as the Marines continued their island-hopping campaign to victory in the Pacific.
Military historian Eric Hammel has delved deeply into the government photo archives and discovered a treasure trove of rare, many never-before-published combat photos taken during these campaigns, unearthing hundreds of images. More than 200 photos and captions, alongside Hammel’s concise narrative, serve as both historical record and lasting tribute to the Marines who fought their way across the South Pacific.About the Author:
Eric Hammell is a critically acclaimed military historian and author of more that thirty combat and pictorial histories
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Book Description Zenith Press, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0760333297
Book Description Zenith Press, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Brand new. Pristine. No markings. Jacket not clipped. Another excellent title from Mr. Hammel, who has authored several outstanding photo chronicles of the USMC in WW II. // Shipped carefully packed in a sturdy box. Seller Inventory # 006166
Book Description Zenith Press, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0760333297
Book Description Zenith Press, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110760333297
Book Description Zenith Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A., 2008. Hard Cover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. First Edition. 160 pages, index, bibliography, profusely illustrated with black & white photographs throughout. Some of the biggest battles fought by the Marines during World War II took place on tiny islands scattered throughout the western Pacific. Among these, the battles for Tarawa and the Marshalls were some of the fiercest and most decisive of the Pacific campaign--critical engagements that this pictorial history brings vividly to life. In hundreds of rare photographs, many never-before-published, the historic drama unfolds beginning with the 2d Marine Division's landing on Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll on November 20, 1943. Assured that the island's defenses had been "pounded into coral dust" by naval and air bombardment, the Marines in fact found themselves in the thick of the first modern amphibious assault on a well-defended beachhead. Three days of intense fighting secured the island for the Allies, at the cost of 1,000 Marines dead and more than 2,000 wounded. The book then turns to the Marshall Islands where, early in World War II, the Japanese had built airfields on the Kwajalein and Eniwetok atolls. Dramatic photographs document the taking of Kwajalein by U.S. Marines and Army troops after the most massive bombardment of the war. We then witness the landing of the 22d Marines on the five islands of Eniwetok on February 18, followed by the intense fighting that brought the entire atoll under Allied control within four days--securing crucial landing fields and operational support for the Allies' island-hopping campaign to ultimate victory in the Pacific. A tribute to the rare courage and heroism that, for the Marines in WWII, were merely a matter of course, this illustrated history keeps their spectacular sacrifices and feats of valor forever before us. Seller Inventory # 334436