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Bloody Tarawa: The 2d Marine Division, November 20-23, 1943

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On the morning of Saturday, November 20, 1943, the 2d Marine Division undertook the first modern amphibious assault against a well-defended beachhead. The objective was tiny Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, and the going was supposed to be easya target already ""pounded into coral dust"" by a massive naval and air bombardment. But what the Marines discovered was an island garri
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 20th 2006 by Zenith Press (first published January 1st 1978)
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George
Feb 14, 2013 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title is 76 Hours: The Invasion of Tarawa.

"Tarawa Atoll is a wedge-shaped string of islands lined up along the edge of a large natural lagoon. ... The target, Betio, is the westernmost island of the southern arm. ... Second Marine Division drew Betio, in Tarawa Atoll. The code name for the operation was GALVANIC." (page 28)

"Colonel David Shoup was the most frustrated man in Tarawa Lagoon. During the three hours after sunrise that November 20th (1943), Shoup's three initial landing teams had been
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Acceptable read of the battle for Tarawa.
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I was born in 1946, in Salem, Massachusetts, and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Central High School of Philadelphia in January 1964 and earned a degree in Journalism from Temple University in 1972.

My road to writing military history began at age 12, when I was stuck in bed for a week with a childhood illness. My father bought me the first paperback book I ever owned, Walter
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