pacific war

  1. Auld-Yin

    The Gilbert and Ellice Islands – Pacific War

    Another book from the excellent Images of War series of books from Pen & Sword, this time covering the attacks by the US on the Gilbert and Ellice Islands with a very full description of the attack on Tarawa Island. Again, although called Images of War and certainly the main part of the book is...
  2. sirbhp

    Battle of Manila

    Nearly four years of brutal Japanese occupation in WW2 has dimmed Manila's lustre. The Philippine capital, surrounding an old Spanish fortress, was once a glittering jewel among America's overseas possessions. And now a vast Allied army led by the indomitable MacArthur is ready to take it back...
  3. Themanwho

    Check Six!

    If (like I was) you are largely aware of the US military’s Pacific air campaign through the prism of Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children island-hopping in Corsairs and Bull Halsey’s carriers, then you should definitely read this book as it gives depth, texture and colour to the assumed “bit part”...
  4. Nemesis44UK

    The Battle of Iwo Jima

    The Battle of Iwo Jima by Mark Khan Iwo Jima is probably the most famous battle in the Pacific theatre in World War Two. It gave birth to one of the world’s most iconic photos – that of US Marines raising the US flag on Mount Suribachi, signalling the end of that brutal campaign. That, along...
  5. JINGO

    Shadow Commander.

    The epic story of Donald D Blackburn guerrilla leader and special forces hero is the subtitle to this book. An Infantry officer assigned to train the fledgling Philippines Army at the cusp of America’s entry into the Second World War Blackburn emerged from the disaster at Bataan to become an...
  6. JINGO

    Tanks in Hell.

    Tanks in Hell. Tarawa is a tiny coral atoll otherwise insignificant in the vast Pacific Ocean, at its highest point it is only three metres above sea level. However on 20th November 1943 it was the complete focus of the Second Marine Division supported by an armada of warships and air support...
  7. seaweed

    Indianapolis

    In July 1945 the cruiser USS Indianapolis, rapidly repaired after a Kamikaze attack, was tasked with delivering the essential parts of the atomic bomb to Tinian in the Marianas. She was then routed to Leyte for a delayed workup. She never arrived. At midnight on the night of 29/30 July she had...
  8. seaweed

    How Carriers Fought

    Focusing on the big Pacific carrier battles of WW2, the author wanted to find out how they were fought, why particular methods and strategies were used, and whether the parties (particularly the USN) could have done better. He couldn't find a book that told him those things, so set about writing...
  9. Themanwho

    US Marine Corps in the Second World War

    The old cliché of “A picture paints a thousand words” still holds true. If you are interested in looking at the hardware of amphibious warfare, or want to see what the men who carried out their herculean tasks looked like (without getting bogged down in pages of text), then this book is for you...
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