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Commanding The Pacific

Author : Stephen R. Taaffe
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The Marine Corps covered itself in glory in World War II with victories over the Japanese in hard-fought battles such as Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Iwo Jima. While these battles are well known, those who led the Marines into them have remained obscure until now. In Commanding the Pacific: Marine Corps Generals in World War II, Stephen R. Taaffe analyzes the fifteen high-level Marine generals who led the Corps’ six combat divisions and two corps in the conflict. He concludes that these leaders played an indispensable and unheralded role in organizing, training, and leading their men to victory. Taaffe insists there was nothing inevitable about the Marine Corps’ success in World War II. The small pre-war size of the Corps meant that its commandant had to draw his combat leaders from a small pool of officers who often lacked the education of their Army and Navy counterparts. Indeed, there were fewer than one hundred Marine officers with the necessary rank, background, character, and skills for its high-level combat assignments. Moreover, the Army and Navy froze the Marines out of high-level strategic decisions and frequently impinged on Marine prerogatives. There were no Marines in the Joint Chiefs of Staff or at the head of the Pacific War’s geographic theaters, so the Marines usually had little influence over the island targets selected for them. In addition to bureaucratic obstacles, constricted geography and vicious Japanese opposition limited opportunities for Marine generals to earn the kind of renown that Army and Navy commanders achieved elsewhere. In most of its battles on small Pacific War islands, Marine generals had neither the option nor inclination to engage in sophisticated tactics, but they instead relied in direct frontal assaults that resulted in heavy casualties. Such losses against targets of often questionable strategic value sometimes called into question the Marine Corps’ doctrine, mission, and the quality of its combat generals. Despite these difficulties, Marine combat commanders repeatedly overcame challenges and fulfilled their missions. Their ability to do so does credit to the Corps and demonstrates that these generals deserve more attention from historians than they have so far received.

Admiral Nimitz The Commander Of The Pacific Ocean Theater

Author : Brayton Harris
ISBN : 9780230393646
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Chester Nimitz was an admiral's Admiral, considered by many to be the greatest naval leader of the last century. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Nimitz assembled the forces, selected the leaders, and - as commander of all U.S. and Allied air, land, and sea forces in the Pacific Ocean - led the charge one island at a time, one battle at a time, toward victory. A brilliant strategist, he astounded contemporaries by achieving military victories against fantastic odds, outpacing more flamboyant luminaries like General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral "Bull" Halsey. And he was there to accept, on behalf of the United States, the surrender of the Japanese aboard the battleship USS Missouri in August 1945. In this first biography in over three decades, Brayton Harris uses long-overlooked files and recently declassified documents to bring to life one of America's greatest wartime heroes.

A Voyage To The Pacific Ocean Undertaken By The Command Of His Majesty For Making Discoveries In The Northern Hemisphere To Determine The Position And Extent Of The West Side Of North America Performed Under The Direction Of Captains Cook Clerke And Gore In Three Volumes Vol 1 And 2 Written By Captain James Cook Vol 2 By Captian James King Published By Order Of The Lords Commissioners Of The Admiralty

Author : James Cook
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Commanding The Pacific

Author : Stephen R. Taaffe
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"The Marine Corps covered itself in glory in World War Two with victories over the Japanese at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, and elsewhere. Despite its success, the Corps' high-ranking combat commanders remain virtually unknown to both historians and the general public. Stephen R. Taaffe explains that marine division and corps chiefs played a vital role in organizing, training, and leading their units in the American counteroffensive across the Pacific. Marine combat generals had to overcome both bureaucratic obstacles and enemy opposition to fulfill their amphibious missions"--

United States Army In Wwii The Pacific Strategy And Command The First Two Years

Author : Professor Louis Morton
ISBN : 9781782893974
Genre : History
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With 13 tables, 16 charts, 17 maps, 8 diagrams & 92 illustrations] Strategy is a many-sided word, connoting different things to different people. The author of any work on strategy, therefore, owes it to his reader to define at the outset his own conception of this ambiguous term... In the present volume, the author has viewed strategy broadly, including within it not only the art of military command-the original meaning of the term-but all those activities associated with the preparation for and the conduct of war in the Pacific. Viewed thus, the arena of Pacific strategy is the council chamber rather than the coral atoll; its weapons are not bombs and guns but the mountains of memoranda, messages, studies, and plans that poured forth from the deliberative bodies entrusted with the conduct of the war; its sound is not the clash of arms but the cool voice of reason or the heated words of debate thousands of miles from the scene of conflict...It deals with policy and grand strategy on the highest level-war aims, the choice of allies and theaters of operations, the distribution of forces and supplies, and the organization created to use them. On only a slightly lower level, it deals with more strictly military matters-with the choice of strategies, with planning and the selection of objectives, with the timing of operations, the movement of forces and, finally, their employment in battle. Strategy in its larger sense is more than the handmaiden of war, it is an inherent element of statecraft, akin to policy, and encompasses preparations for war as well as the war itself. Thus, this volume treats the prewar period in some detail, not in any sense as introductory to the main theme but as an integral and important part of the story of Pacific strategy. The great lessons of war, it has been observed, are to be found in the events preceding the outbreak of hostilities. It is then that the great decisions are made and the nature of the war largely determined.

Tarnished Victory Divided Command In The Pacific And Its Consequences In The Naval Battle For Leyte Gulf

Author : LCDR James P. Drew
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The Battle for Leyte Gulf in October 1944 was the largest naval battle of World War II both in terms of the number of ships involved, and the expanse of area the battle covered. The battle was a decisive victory for the Allied Forces, who effectively crushed the might of the Japanese Navy for the remainder of the war. The Joint Chiefs made the decision to keep command in the Pacific divided in the early months of the war. The Joint Chiefs were presented with opportunities to resolve this problematic command structure as the war progressed, but they chose to perpetuate the division. This decision, directly contributed to disunity of effort, differing objectives, poor communication, and tragically, unnecessary loss of life during the Battle off Samar.

Twelve To One V Fighter Command Aces Of The Pacific

Author : Tony Holmes
ISBN : 9781472800862
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This volume details the experiences of 107 elite American aces in combat against the Japanese. The highest scoring US pilots of World War 2 fought against the Japanese Army Air Force and Imperial Japanese Navy over the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines. Flying P-38s and P-47s, men such as Dick Bong and Thomas McGuire won the Medal of Honor for their successes in combat in 1943-45. 'Twelve to One' is a rare document that details the 'tricks of the trade' employed by these men. This volume also includes biographies of the men whose tips for aerial combat make up the text, and the V Fighter Command Manual.

War In The Pacific Strategy And Command

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Pacific Command

Author : Louis Morton
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Author : California State Agricultural Society
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Report Of The California State Agricultural Society

Author : California State Agricultural Society
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U S Pacific Command Posture

Author : United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Appropriations. Subcommittee on Defense
ISBN : UCAL:B5104787
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Paradise Of The Pacific

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Professional Journal Of The United States Army

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The American Annual Cyclopedia And Register Of Important Events Of The Year

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A Voyage To The Pacific Ocean; Undertaken By Command Of His Majesty For Making Discoveries In The Northern Hemisphere Performed Under The Direction Of Captains Cook Clerke And Gore In The Years 1776 1780 Being A Copious Comprehensive Abridgement Of The Voyage Qritten By James Cook And James King Illustrated With Cuts In Four Volumes Vol 1 4

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Employment Of Forces Under The Southwest Pacific Command

Author : United States Strategic Bombing Survey
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