US Marine Corps in the Second World War -

US Marine Corps in the Second World War

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives



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The United States Marine Corps played a leading role in the war against Japan from Pearl Harbor in December 1941 until VJ Day on September 2, 1945. Living up to its motto the "First to Fight," the 1st Marine Division landed on the Japanese-occupied island of Guadalcanal in the south Pacific on August 7, 1942 and fought its way up the central Solomon Island to Cape Gloucester in the territory of New Guinea. In October 1942, the Marine Corps captured Tarawa Atoll and so began their advance across the central Pacific, fighting many famous and bloody battles such as Saipan, Tinian, Guam, Iwo Jima, and finally the 82-day epic struggle for Okinawa. These victories came at high cost, with 19,737 Marine killed and 67,207 wounded. This classic Images of War title presents a graphic overview of the Corps' legendary campaign in text and contemporary images. The author expertly describes the full range of Marine Corps weaponry and explains their organisation, tactics, and fighting doctrine. AUTHOR: Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series including Armour in Vietnam, US Navy Aircraft Carriers, US Battleships, The Patton Tank, US Naval Aviation, American Infantry Weapons, MI Abrams Tank, Combat Aircraft of the USAF, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War , Axis AFVs of WW2 and US Military Helicopters. 250 b/w photographs

Product code: 9781526702500

ISBN 9781526702500
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H246xW189
Series Images of War
No. Of Pages 224
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
The USMC saw some of the bitterest fighting of WW2 in the long Pacific campaign. This is a superb resume of the USMC's achievements against a fanatic enemy.