Line of Departure: Tarawa

Line of Departure: Tarawa Martin Russ
  • Title: Line of Departure: Tarawa
  • Author: Martin Russ
  • ISBN: 9780385096690
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Line of Departure: Tarawa Martin Russ Line of Departure Tarawa Tarawa Atoll is a tiny dot in the Gilbert Islands of the South Pacific In November over men died on its acre plain of confined exposed featureless coral sand and airstrip concrete in
    Tarawa Atoll is a tiny dot in the Gilbert Islands of the South Pacific In November 1943 over 6,000 men died on its 291 acre plain of confined, exposed, featureless coral sand and airstrip concrete in the most memorable battle in Marine Corps history After the American invasion of the Solomons, Japan woke up to the vulnerability of the Gilberts It decided to make a standTarawa Atoll is a tiny dot in the Gilbert Islands of the South Pacific In November 1943 over 6,000 men died on its 291 acre plain of confined, exposed, featureless coral sand and airstrip concrete in the most memorable battle in Marine Corps history After the American invasion of the Solomons, Japan woke up to the vulnerability of the Gilberts It decided to make a stand on Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll and heavily fortified it, garrisoning nearly 5,000 men there The Japanese commandant boasted, A million men cannot take Tarawa in a hundred years But 5,600 Marines took it in three days, and only 17 Japanese survived.The invasion of Tarawa was the first major American thrust into the heart of the Japanese Empire The appalling savagery of the battle shocked and angered many Americans, some of whom called for a congressional investigation But, as the awful totals of the dead and wounded grew from battle to battle, Tarawa was nearly forgotten Now, in this lucid well written book, the ordeal that was Tarawa is remembered by those who had to endure it, Japanese and American.
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    About Martin Russ


    1. Martin Faxon Russ was an American military author, Marine, and associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University.Russ was born in Newark on Feb 14, 1931, to Carroll and Lavinia Faxon Dunn His parents were professional writers.After graduating from a private school in Connecticut, Russ attended St Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y but dropped out in his junior year to join the Marines Assigned to an ordnance battalion, Private Russ made a nuisance of himself until his request for combat duty was granted In later years, although he had no college degree, he taught writing at what is now Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.


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    1. What the Marines had won, in a day of dreadful canage, was less than one tenth of a square mile of coral, much of it blown to powder, much of it stained with blood The rest of the tiny island was held by despeerate men who were not only willing but positively eager to die for the Emperor to dwell eternally at the warriors shrine at Yasakuni page 119 All afternoon the Marines had been busy smashing enemy strongpoints one by one In a routine someone called the blowtorch and corkscrew method, engin [...]

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    2. This is a history of the Battle for Tarawa The book is short as was the battle and to the point but doesn t go too in depth into the background of the combatants or units involved It s a great read for someone that doesn t know a lot about the war in the Pacific or or the island hopping campaign Hardcore military readers might find the book lacking in depth and scope but it is still an entertaining read.

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    3. One of the early battles of World War II in the Pacific was Tarawa Here US Marines came face to face with the Japanese One of the bloodiest of many bloody battles.

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    4. Great book about a major battle in WW2

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    5. A good way to get familiar with a battle often mentioned but seldom portrayed.

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