Storm Landings: Epic Amphibious Battles in the Central Pacific

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Naval Institute Press, 1997 - History - 242 pages
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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 at 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 an overwhelming naval force against a distant strategic objective and literally kick down the front door. The battles were violent, thoroughly decisive, and always bloody, with the landing force never relinquishing the offensive. The cost of storming these seven fortified islands was great: 74,805 combat casualties for the Marines and their Navy comrades. Losses among participating Army and offshore Navy units spiked the total to 100,000 dead and wounded. Award-winning historian Joseph Alexander relates this extraordinary story with an easy narrative style bolstered by years of research in original battle accounts, new Japanese translations, and fresh interviews with survivors. Richly illustrated and abounding with human-interest anecdotes about colorful "web-footed amphibians, " Storm Landings vividly portrays the sheer drama of these three-dimensional battles whose magnitude and ferocity may never again be seen in this world.

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Rags to Riches
Chapter One Cracking a Tough Nut
Chapter Two Pacific Proving Ground
Chapter Three Turning Point at Tarawa
Japanese Type 98 1929 127mm DualPurpose Gun
Quiet Lagoon
Chaos Reigned
Chapter Six Bloody Peleliu
Japanese Antiboat Mines and Offshore Obstacles
Storming Sulfur Island
Japanese Model 1 1941 47mm Antitank Gun
Amphibious Capstone
The Planned Invasion of Kyushu
Parting Shots
Ten Unforgettable Amphibians

Surprise Attack
Chapter Five Sharpening the Amphibious Ax
Close Fire Support
Changes in USMC Division Organization and Weapons
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About the author (1997)

Joseph H. Alexander was the Naval Institute's 1997 Author of the Year for his award-winning book, " Utmost Savagery: Three Days of Tarawa." He is also the author " Storm Landings: Epic Amphibious Battles of the Central Pacific." and coauthor of "Sea Soldiers in the Cold War: Amphibious Warfare, ", 1945-1991. Alexander served for twenty-eight years in the Marine Corps before retiring as a colonel and starting a writing career. He serves as the chief historian and scriptwriter of history TV documentaries for Lou Reda Productions that are aired on the History Channel of the Arts and Entertainment network.

The late Don Horan was a military author and documentary producer and winner of two Emmy Awards.

Norman C. Stahl lent his long expertise in editing and writing on Marine history.

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