Tarawa and the Marshalls: A Pictorial Tribute (U.S. Marines in World War II)

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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.

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The U.S. Marines had broken the back of the Japanese on Guadalcanal in 1942 and plowed through the jungle-choked islands of the central and northern Solomon Islands and New Britain from early 1943 to early 1944—two years of bloody warfare with every soldier, sailor, Marine, ship, and airplane the United States could dispatch to the South Pacific’s far-flung battlefields.

 

Following those victories, the war to which the Marine Corps had devoted decades of planning and doctrinal development was finally at hand: an island-hopping campaign across the Central Pacific, specifically targeting the Marshall Islands as a steppingstone to the Marianas, then onward toward Japan. The idea was to outflank the Caroline Islands from the north and cut the naval and air routes between Japan and its naval bastion at Truk.

 

Once a command and planning structure was in place for the Central Pacific campaign, the first order of business turned out to be the Gilbert Islands, a patchwork of British-mandated atolls the Imperial Japanese Navy had swiftly conquered at the outset of the Pacific War. The Gilberts were well to the east of the Marshalls, but they were within range of modern aircraft, which made them a necessary preliminary target.

 

Military historian Eric Hammel has scoured the archives for photos of Marines in Pacific War combat and unearthed thousands of rare, many never-before-published images. Tarawa and the Marshalls continues the U.S. Marines in World War II series, including previous volumes Guadalcanal and New Georgia, Bougainville, and Cape Gloucester, a comprehensive photographic history of the Marine battles in the Pacific. Hundreds of rare photographs along with Hammel’s insightful narrative and captions provide a fitting tribute to the Marines who fought their way across the South Pacific.

 

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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.

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