The Marshall Islands 1944

The Marshall Islands 1944

Operation Flintlock, the capture of Kwajalein and Eniwetok

Campaign 146
  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Howard Gerrard
  • Short code: CAM 146
  • Publication Date: 22 Oct 2004
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Following the capture of Tarawa in November 1943, American eyes turned to the Marshall Islands. These were the next vital stepping-stone across the Pacific towards Japan, and would bring the islands of Guam and Saipan within the reach of US forces. In their first amphibious attack, the new 4th Marine Division landed on Roi and Namur islands on 1 February 1944, while US 7th Division landed on Kwajalein. At the time this was the longest shore-to-shore amphibious assault in history. The lessons of the bloody fighting on Tarawa had been well learned and the successful attack on the Marshalls set the pattern for future amphibious operations in the Pacific War.

Biographical Note

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a special operations forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Centre for 12 years and is now a freelance writer. Howard Gerrard has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has worked for a number of publishers and is an associate member of the Guild of Aviation Artists. He has previously illustrated titles in the Campaign series including volumes 77: ‘Tarawa 1943', 81: ‘Iwo Jima 1945', 92: ‘St. Nazaire 1942' and 96: ‘Okinawa 1945'.

Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Opposing Plans
Opposing Commanders
Opposing Forces
The Roi-Namur assault
Capture of Kwajalein Island
The Assault on Eniwetok Atoll
Neutralization & occupation of the Marshalls
Aftermath
The Battlefield Today
Bibliography
Index

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