DOWN RAMP!: US ARMY AMPHIBIAN ENGINEERS IN WORLD WAR II. Summary: This history was originally published by Infantry Journal Press in the late 1940s. It covers all five of the Special Engineer Brigades in WWII. Immediately following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Army planners realized that this war would require capability to conduct amphibious warfare -- landing an army on hostile shores. It was believed that the Navy provide the ship-to-shore movements. But what about shore-to-shore? What about special beach preparations? There was clearly a need for Army involvement, and the Army Amphibian Engineer Brigades were formed. This book is their little known but interesting history. These units saw action in the 1942-43 landings in North Africa and Sicily. At Normandy, in 1944, they were used on the beach. The majority of the brigades combat occurred in the Pacific at places such as New Guinea, Port Moresby, Nassau Bay, New Georgia, Lae, Salamaua, Arawe, the Admiralties, Noemfoor, Leyte, Luzon, and Okinawa. In every action, the Brigades used 36-foot LCVP and 50-foot LCM landing craft, with their front ramps for quick debarkation of troops. These brigades were disestablished in 1946, but for the entirety of WWII, soldiers served with courage in the US Army's Amphibian Engineers. Hard cover. 272 pages. Photos, maps, order of battle and organization charts, lists of medal winners.
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