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The US Marines battle for Tarawa Atoll and the Marshall Islands included some of the fiercest, most decisive combat and battles in the Pacific Theatre - critical engagements that this book brings vividly to life, using photographs shot by soldiers at the time. This historic drama unfolds using these hundreds of rare photographs, alongside a history documenting the 2nd Marine Division's amphibious assault on Betio Island in the Tarawa atoll on November 20, 1943, the landing of the 22nd Marines on the Marshalls on February 18, and the four days of intense fighting that bought the atoll under Allied control in under four days. Not for nothing was this known as 'Bloody Tarawa', and these unique, never-before-seen photographs capture this fiercely desperate combat in uncompromising, stark images.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780760333297
ISBN-10: 0760333297
Format: Hardback
(276mm x 234mm x 20mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Zenith Press
Publisher: Motorbooks International
Publish Date: 18-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Eric Hammell

Eric Hammell is a critically acclaimed military historian and author of more that thirty combat and pictorial histories