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Title:
Tarawa 1943 : the turning of the tide
Author:
Wright, Derrick, 1928-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
96 pages : illustrations (come color), color maps ; 26 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: Oxford : Osprey, 2000.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780275982713
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Book

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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 daring amphibious invasion, the Marines of the 2nd Division set out to prove him wrong, overcoming serious planning errors to fight a three-day battle of unprecedented savagery. The cost would be more than 3,000 Marine casualties at the hands of a garrison of some 3,700. The lessons learned would dispel forever any illusions that Americans had about the fighting quality of the Japanese.

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 daring amphibious invasion, the Marines of the 2nd Division set out to prove him wrong, overcoming serious planning errors to fight a three-day battle of unprecedented savagery. The cost would be more than 3,000 Marine casualties at the hands of a garrison of some 3,700.

The lessons learned at Tarawa would dispel forever any illusions that Americans had about the fighting quality of the Japanese, and would provide the U.S. Marine Corps with vital experience for the forthcoming assault of the Marshall Islands.


Author Notes

DERRICK WRIGHT WRIGHT is a writer whose research over the years has brought him in touch with many Pacific War veterans.