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STORM LANDINGS. Epic Amphibious Battles in the Central Pacific. Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinaw a. The cost of storming these seven fortified islands was over 100,000 American casualties.

Click to EnlargeSTORM LANDINGS. Epic Amphibious Battles in the Central Pacific. By Joseph H. Alexander. The Pacific War changed abruptly in November 1943 when Adm. Chester W. Nimitz unleashed his Central Pacific drive, spearheaded by U.S. Marines. The sudden American proclivity for bold amphibious assaults into the teeth of prepared defenses astonished Japanese commanders, who called them "storm landings" because they differed sharply from earlier campaigns. This is the story of seven now epic long-range assaults executed against murderous enemy fire--Tarawa, Saipan, Guam, Tinian, Peleliu, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa--and a potential eighth, Kyushu. The author describes each clash as demonstrating a growing U.S. ability to concentrate overwhelming naval forces against a distant strategic objective and proceed to kick down the front door. The cost of storming these seven fortified islands was great: 74,805 combat casualties for the Marines and their Navy teammates. Losses among participating Army and offshore Navy units spiked the total to 100,000 dead and wounded. The planned assault on southern Kyushu in November 1945 had the potential for being the bloodiest of all. Award-winning historian Joseph Alexander relates this extraordinary story with an easy narrative style bolstered by years of research of original battle accounts, new Japanese translations, and fresh interviews with survivors. Richly illustrated and abounding with human-interest stories of colorful "web-footed amphibians," his book vividly portrays the sheer drama of these three-dimensional battles whose magnitude and ferocity may never again be seen in this world. STORM LANDINGS. Epic Amphibious Battles in the Central Pacific. By Joseph H. Alexander. Joseph Alexander, a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps and recipient of the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award, Roosevelt Naval History Prize, and Gen. Wallace M. Greene Award, is author of Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa and coauthor of Sea Soldiers in the Cold War: Amphibious Warfare, 1945-1991, and the principal on-screen authority for 11 television documentaries by Lou Reda Productions.

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Group:
World War II
ID:
NI-0320
Category:
Pacific Theater, WWII
Media:
Hardcover book
Type:
U.S. Marine Corps
Price:
37.50
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