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Old 28-02-2016, 09:29
greendragon greendragon is offline
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Default Amphibious Operations WW2, Pacific

There are two books I would highly recommend to be read which cover operations carried out by amphibious vessels and "machines" (LVTs of all types).
1. Across the Reef by COL Victor J. Croizat, USMC.
The author credibility must not be contested. He created new service in form of amtrack units, honed its tactics and took part in most of the landings in the Pacific TOE as a CO of a amtrac units.
Each sentence is worth to be studied, remembered because they explain why/what happened when we just read in other authors books " first wave of LVTs brought units to shore with losses ".
He brings i.e. figures like this on Iwo Jima landings: there were 724 priority targets on Iwo to be destroyed by naval fire support and fortunately majority of the 201 weapon targets in the landing areas had been hit. "Marine infantrymen would have to do the rest".
The author was acting in the middle of all those events of WW2 and easily select historical material of universal importance to be brought to a reader. For people with experience of military operations today certainly great book and reason for nodding "yes, this is problem we have faced too".
2. The Amphibians Are Coming by William L. McGee vol 1.
Another book on US amphibious operations in WW2.
Different from COL Croizat book because consists mostly of memories of the skippers of the USN amphibious vessels. They are excellent and actually provide a lot of information about service and duty of the small vessels which were manned by ordinary Americans and as such called "citizen navy". Little is known that 60 000 Americans were trained in amphibious training bases and were put on different sorts of landing crafts on which just 2-4 crew members had any knowledge of sea - mean saw sea at all.
Thousands of stories will never be remembered because landing crafts did not put events in their log books - they were not provided for them.
Unfortunately vol 2 material is mostly taken from ADM Morrison works and as such of a little bit less value as a new input.


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Old 05-03-2016, 17:19
peteR09 peteR09 is offline
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Default Re: Amphibious operations WW2, Pacific

The first one is available as a download in various formats:-

... and at the bottom of that page some similar topics.

There is another book that may be of interest (Seizure of the Gilberts and Marshalls) on the US Army site:-


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Old 06-03-2016, 10:22
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Default Re: Amphibious Operations WW2, Pacific

Thank's vey much pete.
Had a quick look on them and it looks really interesting.


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