Tarawa: The Incredible Story of One of World War II's Bloodiest Battles

Tarawa The Incredible Story of One of World War II s Bloodiest Battles In the summer of at the height of World War II battles were exploding all throughout the Pacific theater In mid November of that year the United States waged a bloody campaign on Betio Island

  • Title: Tarawa: The Incredible Story of One of World War II's Bloodiest Battles
  • Author: Robert Sherrod
  • ISBN: 9781626361836
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In the summer of 1943, at the height of World War II, battles were exploding all throughout the Pacific theater In mid November of that year, the United States waged a bloody campaign on Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll, the most heavily fortified Japanese territory in the entire Pacific They were fighting to wrest control of the island to stage the next big push towardIn the summer of 1943, at the height of World War II, battles were exploding all throughout the Pacific theater In mid November of that year, the United States waged a bloody campaign on Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll, the most heavily fortified Japanese territory in the entire Pacific They were fighting to wrest control of the island to stage the next big push toward Japan and one journalist was there to chronicle the horror.Dive into war correspondent Robert Sherrod s battlefield account as he goes ashore with the assault troops of the U.S Marines 2nd Marine Division in Tarawa Follow the story of the U.S Army 27th Infantry Division as nearly 35,000 troops take on less than 5,000 Japanese defenders in one of the most savage engagements of the war By the end of the battle, only seventeen Japanese soldiers were still alive.This story, a must for any history buff, tells the ins and outs of life alongside the U.S Marines in this lesser known battle of World War II The battle itself carried on for three days, but Sherrod, a dedicated journalist, remained in Tarawa until the very end, and through his writing, shares every detail.Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

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    1. This is a reprint of a 1944 edition of a war correspondent's story of the invasion of Tarawa during World War II by the Second Marine Division and the Army's 27th Infantry Division. It is full of personal experiences and contains a list of the American casualties suffered at Tarawa.

    2. The battle of Tarawa was one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific for the size of the island and quantity of troops. "It lasted 76 hours and it left nearly 6,000 dead on half a square mile of coral sand." All in all there were nearly 9,000 casualties of the battle. Sherrod was a newsreporter who landed with the Marines. And though he is not able to give you an all encompassing account of the battle, he does give a very thorough one taken from the exact notes he wrote during the battle (which [...]

    3. This is the straight tic-toc of the battle for Betio Island in the Tarawa atoll in 1943. A Marine division attacked about 5000 japanese dug in on the island and took it in 6 days of incredibly bloody fighting, among the highest casualty rates the US has ever endured. Sherrod lands and keeps a straight diary of what happened, with lots of personal colour in the style of new reports of the day. This is a must read for any WWII enthusiast, for it is brief, compelling and illuminating. It is short e [...]

    4. Written by a correspondent who went in with the assault waves this details, at a personal level, the bloody attack. He maintains perspective for the reader by relating the general details of the battalion and regimental actions. Written almost immediately after the battle, published within a year of it (1944) well before the end of the war it has an urgency about the battle and the war you don't find in later memoirs. It is very much a book of the times as you look at style and viewpoints. Some [...]

    5. I forced myself to read all the details about how men died in this battle. Terrible loss is life. The Marines were astonished at the fortifications the Japanese had built using huge, thick coconut logs and at those defenders who hid themselves in the top of coconut trees and sniped until they died. Death was prolonged because the trees were high, they secreted themselves well and probably didn't expect to survive.Casualties were very high though for the most part details were kept from the Ameri [...]

    6. excellent readThis is an excellent first-hand account. Unfortunately, this edition seems to be an OCR scan that was never proofread. There are hundreds of scanning errors, a few of which obscure the text. My favorite is the list of men who were "Muled in action."Regardless, it is a terrific read.

    7. enjoyed the book but could only give it three stars. could have done with a good proof reader. just to many misspelled words and other errors. very distracting and took away from the story. which is a story that needs to told from one man point of view. I enjoy reading these kind of books from the view of the person who was there.

    8. Wonderful Book, Terrible FormattingYet another example of a book being scanned and released without any eyes on the pages. Somehow must put a stop to this practice.

    9. Extraordinary contemporary account of the Battle of Tarawa by a journalist who was there during the battle.

    10. Written by journalist Robert Sherrod, this account of the U.S. Marines landing on the island of Tarawa during World War II is rather dry and factual… which makes the bald account of the horrors of war all the more disturbing. The Japanese were well-dug-in and believed they would be able to hold the small, critically-placed airfield against all assaults. The Marines captured the island after three days of intensive fighting, and with heavy losses. Sherrod's account of the decimated bodies, of b [...]

    11. 3.5 stars. The battle of Tarawa was a major American offensive in the Central Pacific and the first amphibious landing during WWII that was met with fierce Japanese resistance. What I liked about this book is that it is written by a war correspondent who landed with the U.S. Marines on the small island of Betio in the Tarawa atoll in November 1943. This allows for direct quotes from soldiers and some graphic accounts of the battle from this journalist who was in the midst of the action. It is ve [...]

    12. Robert Sherrod was a journalist that was part the assault on Tarawa. This book was written shortly after the battle and before the war ended. It is a fascinating eyewitness account. What is also interesting aspect his personal comments on the war and how Americans at home don't understand the sacrafices that the Marines are making to win the war. Also, in the middle of his account he comments on the coal workers' strike back home for higher wages while Marines are losing their lives. This is an [...]

    13. War from a different perspectiveI found Sherrod's Tarawa very entertaining, the invasion as experienced by a war correspondent. A different take than a military tale, yet done by a man experienced in military procedure. Well written but horribly edited, or it was written on a smart phone with schizophrenic autocorrect. Sometimes distracting, mystifying, and funny ( he had a look on his face), they are constant, almost every page. Still the book is recommended, it's an easy and enjoyable read. No [...]

    14. Outstanding first-hand narrative of this horrific engagement in the Central Pacific in November 1943. The taking of Tarawa by U.S. Marines was the first ever amphibious assault on a fortified shore. Though Tarawa is only about a square mile in size, over 6000 lives were lost in its attack and defense. This book is very well written by a war corespondent who participated in the landing and witnessed one of the most brutal and costly battles in the PTO (Pacific Theater of Operations). It's only 15 [...]

    15. An excellent story about the events on Tarawa late November 1943 written by a war correspondent. The book lists names of many soldiers, general locations of burial, has a fairly complete roster of the dead in the back, and describes what war is really like. This book was so good and now so important to the WWII research and writing I do, I have to buy my own copy so I can read it again and take notes in the book. Highly recommend if you want to understand what was was like.

    16. This was a very interesting narative of the invasion of Tarawa during WWII by the American troops. It was interesting because it was a true story written by a reporter who was there taking part in the carnage. It is a great reminder of how ugly war is and the heroism of hundreds of thousands of me and women that have fought to maintain our freedoms.

    17. This book is out of print, but I'm glad I found one on eBay. War is ugly, and the stories of the battles are often spun at home for political purposes. This was never more true than of the strategic battle of Tarawa. This book is the real story of the battle. So thankful for the brave men who sacrificed for America's freedom.

    18. TarawaReally enjoy reading about this timeframe but found it hard to get through this book. Not saying it was a bad read. It was informative in many ways, just not as flowing as I expected.

    19. Great readGreat read overall Puts an important battle in the eyes of someone that was there and all the heroics that men went through for the love of country.

    20. We will never fully appreciate the sacrifices made during WWII. No book gives you a better taste of what war truly is. How so sad. Must read for history buffs.

    21. Anyone who wants to know the terror and heroism of war can read this book by a war correspondents closeup look at the bloodiest battle of the second world war.

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