Tarawa 1943 : The Turning of the Tide

Tarawa 1943 : The Turning of the Tide

Description

Osprey's study of the conflict between Japan and the United States during World War II (1939-1945). The island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll was defended by the elite troops of the Special Naval Landing Force, whose commander, Admiral Shibasaki, boasted that "the Americans could not take Tarawa with a million men in a hundred years". In a pioneering amphibious invasion, the Marines of the 2nd Division set out to prove him wrong, overcoming serious planning errors to fight a 76-hour battle of unprecedented savagery. The cost would be more than 3000 Marine casualties at the hands of a garrison of some 3700. The lessons learned would dispel forever any illusions that Americans had about the fighting quality of the Japanese.


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Details

Author(s)
Derrick Wright, Howard Gerrard, David Chandler
Format
Paperback | 96 pages
Dimensions
184 x 248 x 9.91mm | 356g
Publication date
25 Oct 2000
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint
Osprey Publishing
Publication City/Country
New York, United Kingdom
Language
English
Illustrations note
75 b&w and 13 colour illustrations, chronology, bibliography
ISBN10
1841761028
ISBN13
9781841761022
Bestsellers rank
580,969