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Battle Cry by Leon Uris
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Mar 24, 2012

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Hard to get into the "Marine Stuff" WW II in the Pacific.Stories of individual soldiers was good.

Coral Atols-island formed by depressions in the ocean. Larger islands sunk leaving hard shelled little coral ones above the surface.

Micronesia-one of the 3 major groups of islands in the central Pacific..Atolls run in several groups, Ellice island, the Gilberts, the Marshalls.
vary from several yards to several miles in length. Width is seldom more that a few hundred yards. Micronesia is a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It is distinct from Melanesia to the south, and Polynesia to the east. The Philippines lie to the west, and Indonesia to the southwest.

The other two are Melanesia and Polynesia.

dengue- a serious problem for soldiers.Since prophylactic measures were limited to mosquito control and since this was difficult to accomplish during combat, the disease was a definite military hazard throughout World War II in practically all areas of the Pacific and Asiatic theaters.

Tarawa-is an atoll in the central Pacific Ocean, previously the capital of the former British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. It is the location of the capital of the Republic of Kiribati, South Tarawa. The island is best known by outsiders as the site of the Battle of Tarawa during World War II.
Consists of around 24 larger islets, of which at least eight are inhabited.
The Battle of Tarawa, code named Operation Galvanic, was a battle in the Pacific Theater of World War II, largely fought from November 20 to November 23, 1943. It was the first American offensive in the critical central Pacific region. One of the bloodiest battles in WWII
It was also the first time in the war that the United States faced serious Japanese opposition to an amphibious landing. Previous landings met little or no initial resistance. The 4,500 Japanese defenders were well-supplied and well-prepared, and they fought almost to the last man, exacting a heavy toll on the United States Marine Corps. The US had suffered similar casualties in other campaigns, for example over the six months in the campaign for Guadalcanal, but in this case the losses were suffered within the space of 76 hours. Nearly 6,000 Japanese and Americans died on the tiny island in the fighting.[2]


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