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Utmost Savagery: The Three Days of Tarawa [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Joseph H. Alexander , Edwin H. Simmons
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September 1995
"The first complete and definitive account of the Battle of Tarawa."

--Maj. Gen. Mike Ryan, USMC (Ret.)

Navy Cross recipient

Green Beach, Tarawa

On November 20, l943, in the first trial by fire of America's fledgling amphibious assault doctrine, five thousand men stormed the beaches of Tarawa, a seemingly invincible Japanese island fortress barely the size of the Pentagon parking lots (three-hundred acres!). Before the first day ended, one third of the Marines who had crossed Tarawa's deadly reef under murderous fire were killed, wounded, or missing. In three days of fighting, four Americans would win the Medal of Honor. And six-thousand combatants would die.

Now, Col. Joseph Alexander, a combat Marine himself, presents the full story of Tarawa in all its horror and glory: the extreme risks, the horrific combat, and the heroic breakthroughs. Based on exhaustive research, never-before-published accounts from Marine survivors, and new evidence from Japanese sources, Colonel Alexander captures the grit, guts, and relentless courage of United States Marines overcoming outrageous odds to deliver victory for their country.

"Without a doubt the best narrative of the struggle ever produced."

--Richard B. Frank, Author of Guadalcanal

A MAIN SELECTION OF THE MILITARY BOOK CLUB

Winner of the 1995 General Wallace M. Greene, Jr., Award, awarded to the year's best nonfiction book pertinent to Marine Corps History

Winner of the Alfred Thayer Mahan Award for Outstanding Writer of the Year, presented by the Navy League of the United States

Winner of the Roosevelt Naval History Prize, awarded by the Naval War College


Produktinformation

  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: U S Naval Inst Pr (September 1995)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1557500312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557500311
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 22,9 x 15 x 2,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.8 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (14 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.301.610 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Uses primary sources, Japanese documents, and interviews with survivors to present the history of the U.S. Marines' 1943 landing on the Japanese-held Tarawa atoll in the Pacific.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A military analysis, not a war story. 26. Oktober 1997
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
While the book gives a thorough description of the battle, it is more a military analysis than a war story. The author discusses many military aspects of the campaign, including background on the decision to attack the Gilberts and the planning of Operation Galvanic, the problems preparing for the attack, the nightmarish experience of the Marines in the landing, the post-battle recognition of the Betio assault as a watershed between Gallipoli and Normandy in the history of amphibious warfare, and much more. Many of the complexities of this type of assault were encountered for the first time at Betio, emerging as critical failures at great cost of life, such as proper equipment for crossing the shallow reef of an atoll while under fire, the consequences of inadequate communications and the failure of the pre-landing artillery barrage to suppress the defense, all of which are discussed in detail. Many of these problems were solved as the battle progressed, and the author describes how new assault tactics were developed by units in the field. The portion of the book which chronicles the assault itself was painstakingly researched and documented, and though it includes accounts of individual actions and heroism, there is very little first-person narrative other than comments used as corroboraton for some conclusion by the author. Nontheless, the "utmost savagery" and horror of close combat to the death by thousands of highly trained, heavily armed men on this small, flat island is clearly communicated. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Issue in Doubt 11. Juli 2000
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Just before the fall of Wake, the Marines defending that island radioed the message, "Issue in doubt." Just after the first waves of Marines hit the beaches at Tarawa and waded into the most hellish opposition imaginable, the landing party sent out the message "Issue in doubt." No Marine could mistake the import of that doleful sentence. On the brink of being thrown back into the sea, they held on, and then they advanced.
Rear Admiral Keiji Shibasaki, the defender of Tarawa, had told his troops that it would take a million men a thousand years to capture the island. It took the Marines three days, but victory came at a terrible cost. The carnage was so horrific that when news of the cost of victory got back to the United States, enlistments in the Marine Corps plummeted.
As Col. Alexander takes the reader through those three hellish days, you cannot help but be awed by the suffering the Marines endured, and by the courage they displayed. It makes one wonder how the men could perform at all, much less perform as well as they did.
A gripping story of epic heroism in the face of near insurmountable odds--and it's true.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Transports you to the slaughter 31. März 2000
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Col. Alexander has produced an excellent blow by blow description of the taking of the Bieto Atoll. The horror of discovering that the landing craft were not able to negotiate the reef, the long march through the surf, all the while under fire. Called "The Japanese Alamo" you will be amazed at the errie radio intercepts that Col. Alexander has included of the Japanese garrison's communications with the Japanese High Command. he does a fine job of describing the combatants and weapons. He sets the senario up in a clear and easy to understand language. Tarawa is a small island , there was no way off for either side other than to annihilate the other. I was not aware of some things Col. Alexander brings to light in this book, for example the Japanese use of British cannons and Korean laborors/slaves. You cannot put this one down once you start it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A COMPREHENSIVE INVASION ACCOUNT 16. Februar 1999
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This is one of those books that rates five stars for comprehensiveness of military history and battle analysis; it's probably a three for light readers. Overall, the account is very interesting and clearly written, with much detail about the scenario as well as the Marine and Navy personnel involved. The author brings the reader to the reef and the lagoon where the landing Marines are being shot one after another in a seemingly fruitless attempt to take this tiny little island. The account is well illustrated with easy to read maps. This is important because the island being invaded, Betio, is only one island in the Tarawa lagoon. If the reader is looking for a professional, well-researched account of this invasion, this is probably the one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A COMPREHENSIVE INVASION ACCOUNT 16. Februar 1999
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Format:Taschenbuch
This is one of those books that rates five stars for comprehensiveness of military history and battle analysis; it's probably a three for light readers. Overall, the account is very interesting and clearly written, with much detail about the scenario as well as the Marine and Navy personnel involved. The author brings the reader to the reef and the lagoon where the landing Marines are being shot one after another in a seemingly fruitless attempt to take this tiny little island. The account is well illustrated with easy to read maps. This is important because the island being invaded, Betio, is only one island in the Tarawa lagoon. If the reader is looking for a professional, well-researched account of this invasion, this is probably the one.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen rayjoy@ipa.net
I made a mistake when I ordered this book, but it was the best mistake that I ever made. The author did a superior job in researching the material for this book. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2000 von "roadrunner6"
4.0 von 5 Sternen Tells a great story.
I really liked this book. It was my exercise bike book for a month, so you can put it down and pick it up after a day or two. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Juni 2000 von Mitch Reed
5.0 von 5 Sternen Very good account of a savage battle
A very good and dedicated account of one of the most savage and bloody - but also one of the most determined battle in the history of our armed forces. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 11. Oktober 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen OUTSTANDING BOOK !!!!!
Easy to read, the book was very exciting. It walked me through the campain as if I were there.
Am 7. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read for WWII history nuts
Gripping, informative, well-written. One of the first books I've read on pacific battles. I only hope the rest I read are this good.
Am 7. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen gripping,terrifying,the horror of war at it's worst!!
AS A FORMER U.S. MARINE I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INSPIRED BY THE BLOODY LEGENDS AND BATTLES OF THE MARINES.THIS IS A MUST READ!! Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 21. August 1999 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen An unforgettable book!
I prefer war novels like "The Triumph and the Glory" to histories because fiction is capable of delivering such profound emotional effects on a reader. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 24. Juni 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Fighting Account of a Terrible Battle
This is an excellent book of the fighting at Tarawa in WW2. The author has done a great job in presenting the story, it was so well told that I found it hard to put the book down. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. April 1999 von Aussie Reader
5.0 von 5 Sternen Superb!
Tarawa is a relative footnote in most historical books on World War II. But Tarawa may have been the most brutal and turning-point battle of the entire war. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 1. Dezember 1998 veröffentlicht
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