Across the Reef: The Marine Assault of Tarawa by Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R

By Col. Joseph H. Alexander USMC-R

This ebook, one in a sequence dedicated to U.S. Marines on this planet warfare II period, is released for the schooling and coaching of Marines via the historical past and Museums department, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., as part of the U.S. division of safeguard observance of the fiftieth anniversary of victory in that war."

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He placed Company A on the left , next to the airstrip, and Company B the Japanese obligingly "gave us very able assistance by trying to counter attack :' The end result was a dramatic change in the combat ratio between attackers and survivors th e on the right, next to the south shore . He worried about the 150-yard ga p across the runway to Company C , but that could not be helped . Jone s used a tank to bring a stockpile o f next day. Major Jones sensed his expose d forces would be the likely target fo r any Banzai attack and took precau tions .

Smith Collectio n Navy medical personnel evacuate the wounded from the beachhead on D-Day . This was difficult because there were few places anywhere that Marines could walk up right . The shortage of stretchers compounded the problems of the landing force . " First Lieutenant Dean Ladd wa s shot in the stomach shortly afte r jumping into the water from his boat . Recalling the strict orders to th e troops not to stop for the wounded , Ladd expected to die on the spot . One of his riflemen, Private Firs t Class T.

Circle, Shoup ordered a platoon of infantry and a pair of 75mm half track s Admiral Hill and his staff cam e ashore at 1245 . The naval officers marveled at the great strength of th e out to the reef to keep the defenders pinned down from the lagoon . Some of the Japanese committed hara-kari; the remainder, exhausted, fought to Japanese bunker system, realizing im mediately the need to reconsider their preliminary bombardment policies . LEGEND: BETI O ♦ TARAWA ATOLL, GILBERT ISLANDS ATTACK OF Ist BN, 8th MARINES an d 3d BN, 2d MARINE S MORNING OF NOV.

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