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Storm Over the Gilberts: War in the Central Pacific: 1943

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The Americans were still amateurs at amphibious warfare. At Guadalcanal they had just been lucky. But now, in a three-pronged attack uniting the Army, Navy, and Marines, the U.S. was poised to invade the Gilbert Islands. This group of coral atolls, together with the Marshall Islands, was the nerve center of Japan's defense system.

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Mass Market Paperback, 175 pages
Published June 1983 by Avon Books (first published 1977)
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I’ve already read a number of Edwin P. Hoyt’s short histories of various military operations of the Second World War. This particular book – “STORM OVER THE GILBERTS: War in the Central Pacific, 1943” – offers a concise and comprehensive account of a campaign aimed at further eroding the capacity of Imperial Japan for offensive warfare against the Allies in the Pacific. The reader becomes a witness to the planning, development, and execution --- from various angles (e.g.the U.S. Army, Navy & ...more
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Not much more than a summary accounting of the U.S. Marines assault on Tarawa. The Marines would lose almost as much men here in 96 hrs as they did in the six months long Guadalcanal campaign. Unbelievably, the exploits of Medal of Honor winner Lt. William Hawkins and his sniper platoon are mentioned in a single paragraph. It has been said of Hawkins, who was awarded the MOH posthumously, that if ever a battle was won by a Lieutenant, it was here. If you've read nothing about this battle skip ...more
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Edwin P. Hoyt was a prolific American writer who specialized in military history. He was born in Portland, Oregon to the publisher Edwin Palmer Hoyt (1897–1979) and his wife, the former Cecile DeVore (1901–1970). A younger brother, Charles Richard, was born in 1928. Hoyt attended the University of Oregon from 1940 to 1943.

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