Hell in the Pacific
The Battle for Iwo Jima
By (author) Derrick Wright
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Hell in the Pacific by Derrick Wright
Book DescriptionThe battle of Iwo Jima was extraordinary for its ferocity. US Marine Corps casualties exceeded by thousands the number of Japanese defenders, who fought almost to the last man over those five desperate weeks. The strategic justification for the mission has been challenged and the iconic photograph of the flag-raising was staged, but there is no questioning the courage displayed (winning the USMC 24 Medals of Honor) and the horrors endured by both sides. The Japanese were dug into a vast and complex defensive network of trenches, bunkers, caves and tunnels commanding every square foot of the island's volcanic rock and black sand. The Marines' task was to fight almost every step of the way from their landing beaches to the northern tip where victory was finally secured, developing new tactics to deal with this well-entrenched, determined and heavily-armed resistance as they progressed from objective to objective. This book details the composition, weaponry and leadership of the opposing forces and reviews their plans. It also closely examines the individual fighting men on each side, the USMC infantryman and the Imperial Japanese soldier, contrasting their training, equipment, culture and battlefield experiences. Having laid out the background, the authors then follow the battle through its several phases from the landings to General Kuribayashi's last banzai. Their clear narrative, supported by numerous maps, tactical diagrams and photographs, answers in detail the question which other accounts of this great battle only address at a more general level: how did the Marines do it?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846033353
(242mm x 190mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 7-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Derrick Wright
Pacific Victory, Paperback (August 2010)
The American 'island-hopping' campaign in the Pacific was a crucial factor in the eventual defeat of Japan in 1945. In November 1943, Tarawa tested the doctrine of seaborne assault to the limit in a 76-hour battle.
Battle for Iwo Jima 1945, Paperback (July 2006)
Iwo Jima was the United States Marine Corps' toughest ever battle and a turning point in the Pacific War. In February 1945, three Marine Divisions stormed the island's shores in what was supposed to be a ten-day battle, but they had reckoned without General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, the enemy commander.
Battle for Iwo Jima, 1945, Paperback (March 2003)
The history of the Battle for Iwo Jima
Peleliu 1944, Paperback (November 2002)» View all books by Derrick Wright
Equalling Tarawa, Iwo Jima and Okinawa in scale and ferocity, the battle for Peleliu is regarded as the Pacific war's "forgotten battle". This work details the operation that became a close-quarters slog of unprecedented savagery, one that with hindsight should not have been fought at all.
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Author Biography - Derrick Wright
Derrick Wright's interest in the Second World War was sparked by his childhood in the Teeside area which was subjected to many bombing raids, After national Service with the Army, he became an engineer specializing in Ultrasonics.Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas.
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