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Texas A & M University Military History #85: Tanks on the Beaches: A Marine Tanker in the Pacific War


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Robert Neiman, perhaps the most experienced combat commander of the U.S. Marine Corpsand#8217; tank arm, was one of the rare USMC officers to serve in both Iwo Jima and Okinawa battles. In Tanks on the Beaches, Neiman and his coauthor, Kenneth Estes, relay vivid accounts of fighting in the Pacific War, as well as Marine Corps service during the entire World War II period, devoid of idolatry and mythmaking. The result is a war story told from the unique perspective of men fighting from armored machines in desperate battles against a determined enemy.

After the capture of Guadalcanal, Neiman endured Japanese bombardments there to gather information for his assignment as operations officer of a new tank school being formed in California. He eventually led his own tank company through four island battles culminating in the cauldron of Iwo Jima. Later, he finished the war as executive officer and commanding officer of the 1st Tank Battalion on occupation and security duty in North China in 1945and#150;46.

Neiman and Estes take the reader from prewar training at Quantico and in North Carolina through the delights of a New Zealand bereft of men, the horrors of Saipan and Iwo, the peculiar situation in China after the war, and then the trip back to the States for Neimanand#8217;s successful postwar career as a lumber retailer.

Through it all, Estes translates Neimanand#8217;s eye for the interesting and the human into a multifaceted tale of a young Marine going to war. This is an adventure story with many novel turns that will attract the interest of military experts, military history aficionados, Marine Corps members in general, and veterans of armored fighting vehicle units. Neiman is not a USMC icon, just one of the unheralded thousands of officers who did the real fighting. This is their story, as much as it is his.

About the Author

Robert Neiman is retired and now lives in Indian Wells, California.Kenneth Estes is a historian, defense consultant, and former commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Product Details

Neiman, Robert M.
Texas A&M University Press
Estes, Kenneth W.
Martin, Janet M.
College Station, Texas
World war, 1939-1945
Tank warfare
World War, 19
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns.
Military - General
Biography - General
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1st ed.
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Trade Cloth
Williams-Ford Texas AandM University Military History Series
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37 b&w photos., 5 maps.
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.2 lb

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