Utmost Savagery The Three Days of Tarawa

ISBN-10: 159114003X
ISBN-13: 9781591140030
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Publisher: Naval Institute Press
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

"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, was lauded by critics for his use of Japanese documents and his interpretation of the significance of Tarawa in the Pacific theater. The first trial by fire of America's fledgling amphibious assault doctrine, the violent three-day attack on 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 sides. 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."--BOOK JACKET.

List of Illustrations
Prologue: "Issue in Doubt!"
The Central Pacific Takes Center Stage
The Japanese in the Gilberts
Amphibious Warriors
Movement to Contact
Into the Gates of Hell
Gaining Toeholds on D-Day
Dark-Eyed Night
"We Are Winning!"
Fight to the Finish
The Gilberts Aflame
Pyrrhic Victory
Epilogue: Tarawa's Enduring Legacy
Notes on Sources
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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