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Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa

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Publisher Comments:

A comprehensive account of the amphibious seizure of Tarawa by the Central Pacific Force in November 1943.

Book News Annotation:

The Battle of Tarawa in November 1943 left 6,000 dead in an area the size of the Pentagon and its parking lots. Drawing on primary sources, new translations of Japanese documents, and interviews with survivors, the author describes the bloody conquest by the newly created Central Pacific Force, the first trial-by-fire of America's fledgling amphibious assault doctrine. Includes b&w photos and drawings.
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Synopsis:

The Bloody Conquest of Tarawa in November 1943 by the newly created Central Pacific Force was the first trial-by-fire of America's fledgling amphibious assault doctrine against a heavily fortified objective. Described by one of the survivors as "a time of utmost savagery", the incredibly violent battle lasted for three days and left 6,000 men dead in an area no bigger than the ground occupied by the Pentagon and its parking lots. This fresh account of the harrowing clash by Col. Joseph Alexander reflects years of research into primary sources, new translations of Japanese documents, and interviews with survivors. A Marine combat veteran himself, Colonel Alexander presents a masterful overview of the brutal engagement and clarifies its significance. The book portrays the battle's full flavor: the decisions, miscalculations, extreme risks, lost opportunities, breakthroughs, and breakdowns. As the battle rages, much of the narrative comes from the troops themselves - Japanese and American - often fighting for the same miserable knob of sand and coral. The Battle of Tarawa was war at its worst and best, and Colonel Alexander's honest presentation of the events assures a balanced and complete understanding of this turning point in the Pacific campaign.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [285]-292) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781557500311
Foreword:
Simmons, Edwin H.
Author:
Simmons, Edwin H.
Author:
Alexander, Joseph H.
Publisher:
US Naval Institute Press
Location:
Annapolis, Md. :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Tarawa (Kiribati) History, Military.
Subject:
Tarawa, Battle of, 194
Subject:
Tarawa
Subject:
Tarawa, Battle of, Kiribati, 194
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Tarawa, Battle of, Kiribati, 1943
Subject:
Tarawa Atoll (Kiribati) - History, Military
Copyright:
Series Volume:
33
Publication Date:
January 1995
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.36x6.35x1.08 in. 1.37 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The Bloody Conquest of Tarawa in November 1943 by the newly created Central Pacific Force was the first trial-by-fire of America's fledgling amphibious assault doctrine against a heavily fortified objective. Described by one of the survivors as "a time of utmost savagery", the incredibly violent battle lasted for three days and left 6,000 men dead in an area no bigger than the ground occupied by the Pentagon and its parking lots. This fresh account of the harrowing clash by Col. Joseph Alexander reflects years of research into primary sources, new translations of Japanese documents, and interviews with survivors. A Marine combat veteran himself, Colonel Alexander presents a masterful overview of the brutal engagement and clarifies its significance. The book portrays the battle's full flavor: the decisions, miscalculations, extreme risks, lost opportunities, breakthroughs, and breakdowns. As the battle rages, much of the narrative comes from the troops themselves - Japanese and American - often fighting for the same miserable knob of sand and coral. The Battle of Tarawa was war at its worst and best, and Colonel Alexander's honest presentation of the events assures a balanced and complete understanding of this turning point in the Pacific campaign.
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