Features: 35 b&w photos. 5 maps. Notes. Bib. Index.
Pacific Blitzkrieg closely examines the planning, preparation, and
execution of ground operations for five major invasions in the Central
Pacific (Guadalcanal, Tarawa, the Marshalls, Saipan, and Okinawa). The
commanders on the ground had to integrate the U.S. Army and Marine Corps
into a single striking force, something that would have been difficult
in peacetime, but in the midst of a great global war, it was a
monumental task. Yet, ultimate success in the Pacific rested on this
crucial, if somewhat strained, partnership and its accomplishments.
Despite the thousands of works covering almost every aspect of World War
II in the Pacific, until now no one has examined the detailed mechanics
behind this transformation at the corps and division level. more... about Pacific Blitzkrieg: World War II in the Central Pacific
History/Military Book Club Selection, 2013
Distinguished Writing Award in Operational/Battle History, from the Army Historical Foundation, 2014
Selected by General Raymond Odierno, 38th Army Chief of Staff, for the U.S. Army Chief of Staff's Professional Reading List, February 2014
Crader Family Book Prize in American Values