For the men who served in America's Amphibious Forces during World War II, the conflict was an unceasing series of D-Days. They were responsible for putting men ashore in more than 200 landings throughout the conflict, most against well-entrenched enemy positions. Bloodstained Sands: US Amphibious Operations in World War II tells the story of these forgotten men for the first time, tracing their operational history from Guadalcanal to Casablanca, Sicily, Normandy, Iwo Jima and finally Okinawa. The men's stories are told in their own voices, with fascinating accounts from Underwater Demolition Teams, Attack Transport crews and many other unsung heroes of World War II. First-hand interviews, entries from personal diaries and Action Reports create a unique history, perfectly complemented by historic illustrations and detailed maps. These are timeless tales of determination, sacrifice, and triumph of the human spirit - tales of US Amphibious Forces that for too long have gone forgotten and untold.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements /Maps /Author's Note /Briefing /1. Sowing the Wind /2. First Strike /3. Lighting the Torch /4. Up the Slot /5. Isolating Rabaul /6. Hell on Ice /7. The Soft Underbelly /8. Breaching the Barrier /9. To the Far Shore /10. Reaping the Whirlwind /Epilogue /Abbreviations /Bibliography /Notes /Index