US Marine Corps Pacific Theater of Operations 1941-43

US Marine Corps Pacific Theater of Operations 1941-43

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The outbreak of World War II set in motion a massive expansion of the United States Marine Corps, leading to a 24-fold increase in size by August 1945. This book is the first of several volumes to examine the Corps's meteoric wartime expansion and the evolution of its units. It covers the immediate pre-war period, the rush to deploy defense forces in the war's early months, and the Marines' first combat operations on Guadalcanal, New Georgia, and Bougainville. It focuses on the 1st, 2d, and 3d Marine Divisions (MarDivs) and the provisional 1st, 2d, and 3d Marine Brigades (MarBdes).Besides the amphibious assault mission, the Marine Corps provided guards to secure naval installations, assigned to ... support troops such as engineers, headquarters (commanders with signalmen came ashore with the assault waves) , ... The essential combat elements would land in the assault waves followed by heavier weapons, support troops, and equipment. ... D-Day objectives were terrain features that provided good defensive positions to defend against the inevitable nightanbsp;...

Title:US Marine Corps Pacific Theater of Operations 1941-43
Author: Gordon Rottman
Publisher:Osprey Publishing - 2013-02-20

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