The US armed forces were responsible for many tactical innovations during the years 1941–45, but in no field was US mastery more complete than amphibious warfare. In the vast, almost empty battlefield of the Pacific the US Navy and Marine Corps were obliged to develop every aspect of the amphibious assault landing in painstaking detail, from the design of many new types of vessel, down to the tactics of the rifle platoon hitting the beach, and the logistic system without which they could not have fought their way inland. This fascinating study offers a clear, succinct explanation of every phase of these operations as they evolved during the war years, illustrated with detailed color plates and photographs.
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Table of Contents
Pre-war development of US amphibious warfare doctrine · Evolution of amphibious warfare when faced with the realities of WWII in the Pacific · Organization of US Navy amphibious forces · Organization of US Marine and Army landing forces; special task units and their equipment · Command, control and organization of amphibious operations · Specialist transport and equipment · Amphibious assault – the Saipan landings, June 1944