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Bloody Tarawa
Hammel, Eric M.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Pacifica, Calif. : Pacifica Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxi, 298 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
General Note:
"The complete revised, updated text of 76 hours : the invasion of Tarawa plus 252 photos, many shown here for the first time."
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Orchard Park Library D767.917 .H28 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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On the morning of Saturday, November 20, 1943, the U.S. 2d Marine Division undertook the first modern amphibious assault against a well-defended beachhead. The objective was tiny Betio Island in Tarawa Atoll. The result was an immortal story of tragedy and near defeat turned around into an epic of victory and indomitable human spirit.

Author Notes

Eric Hammel is the author of thirty military history books
John E. Lane made his combat debut at Tarawa as a 17-year-old Marine bugler. He later served in the invasion of Saipan and was wounded during the invasion of Tinian. Lane worked in the credit-and-collections industry for many years and now lives in retirement with his wife in Northern California

Table of Contents

Authors' Notep. ix
Glossary and Guide to Abbreviationsp. xi
Mapsp. xiii
The Pacific Ocean Area
Tarawa Atoll
Guide To Map Symbols
Betio Island
Beach Red-1
Beach Red-2
Beach Red-3
Prologuep. xxi
Part I Beforep. 1
Part II D-Dayp. 35
Part III The Second Dayp. 149
Part IV The Third Dayp. 209
Part V The Last Dayp. 253
A A Word About Organizationp. 261
B 2d Marine Division Staff and Command Listsp. 263
C U.S. Naval Forces at Tarawap. 273
D Medal of Honor Citationsp. 275
E Navy Cross Recipientsp. 285
Bibliographyp. 287
Acknowledgementsp. 289
Indexp. 291

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