The Marshall Islands 1944

Operation Flintlock, the capture of Kwajalein and Eniwetok

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The Marshall Islands 1944

Operation Flintlock, the capture of Kwajalein and Eniwetok

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Following the capture of Tarawa in November 1943 during World War II (1939-1945), 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.

Table of 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

Product details

Published Oct 22 2004
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841768519
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 95 b/w; 12 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 146
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Gordon L. Rottman

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, v…


Howard Gerrard


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