US World War II Amphibious Tactics

US World War II Amphibious Tactics

Army & Marine Corps, Pacific Theater

Elite 117
  • Author: Gordon L. Rottman
  • Illustrator: Peter Dennis
  • Short code: ELI 117
  • Publication Date: 11 Nov 2004
  • Number of Pages: 64
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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.

Biographical Note

Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967. 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. Peter Dennis was born in 1950 and, having been inspired by contemporary magazines such as 'Look and Learn', studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. He has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He has illustrated several books for Osprey.

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

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