The US Marines in World War II

The US Marines in World War II : From the Defence of Wake Island to Okinawa

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Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Tarawa are legendary names on the US Marines' roll of honour, a testament to the bravery and sacrifice of Marines who answered the call to arms following the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Growing to a peak of almost half a million men in 1945, at the beginning of the war the Marine Corps was a small expeditionary force with outdated equipment and an unproven new mission - amphibious assault.
The Marines in World War II charts the combat history of the Marines from Wake Island to Okinawa, covering every major battle in between: Guadalcanal, Kwajalein Atoll, Bougainville, Saipan, Guam, and Peleliu, to name just a few. In addition to chronicling these hard-fought battles, the book also examines the important role played by Navajo code talkers, the development of Marine Corps aviation, the little-known role of Marines in the European theatre, and the story behind the iconic "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima" photograph.
Today, the Marines are best remembered as the gritty, determined combat force that matured rapidly, learned hard lessons, took on the committed defenders of the Empire of Japan, crossed the Pacific Ocean island by island, and fought, bled, died - and won.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 186 x 244 x 19mm | 614g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 180 photos, diagrams and maps; 180 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1838862099
  • 9781838862091

Table of contents


Fiery Awakening

Guts and Glory on Guadalcanal

Bougainville and the Northern Solomons

Taking Tarawa

Marianas Momentum: Saipan, Guam, and Tinian

Peleliu: Painful Paradox

Uncommon Valor at Iwo Jima

Okinawa: Typhoon of Steel


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About Michael E Haskew

Michael E. Haskew is the editor of WWII History Magazine and The World War II Desk Reference with the Eisenhower Center for American Studies. He is the author of "The Sniper At War," "The Encyclopedia of Elite Forces in World War II," "Order of Battle: Western Allied Forces of WWII," and "The Italian Campaign in World War II."
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