Tarawa 1943: The Turning of the Tide

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  • Paperback
  • 96 pages
  • Tarawa 1943: The Turning of the Tide
  • Derrick Wright
  • English
  • 26 January 2017
  • 1841761028

10 thoughts on “Tarawa 1943: The Turning of the Tide

  1. Steve Scott says:

    Wright, or his editors, make some errors in the book that make me skeptical of the work as a whole.He provides a chronology of events in the Pacific war leading up to Tarawa on page 12 In it he has the battle of Midway having been fought a month earlier than it actually was, and places it before the battle of Coral Sea He describes Midway as do most authors as the turning point of the Pacific War You d think he d get the date right.On page 29 he writes that on D Day the temperature was Wright, or his editors, make some errors in the book that make me skeptical of the work as a whole.He provides a chronology of events in the Pacific war leading up to Tarawa on page 12 In it he has the battle of Midway having been fought a month earlier than it actually was, and places it before the battle of Coral Sea He describes Midway as do most authors as the turning point of the Pacific War You d think he d get the date right.On page 29 he writes that on D Day the temperature was soaring Tarawa is only eighty miles 125 km north of the equator, and November was the height of summer Throughout the battle the Marines were to suffer from furnace like heat and acute water shortages In another of the numerous planning blunders that plagued the operation, it had been decided to utilize the oil drums to transport the drinking water, but inadequate learning somewhere along the line resulted in tainted water which caused countless cases of vomiting and stomach pains Tarawa is indeed just north of the equator, but that places the November invasion in the northern hemisphere near the height of winter, not summer In any case the average temperature in Tarawa varies little year round, given it s location near the equator According to the Pacific Climate Change Science program, it is always hot.Then, contradicting what he says above, he writes on page 76 in a photo caption, At the height of summer and only 50 miles from the Equator the heat on Betio was furnace like So it s summer now And the island moved thirty miles closer to the Equator This is the first account of Tarawa that s mentioned tainted water supplies The scenario as described is identical to the accounts of the battle of Peleliu eleven months later Now I may be in error here, but that strikes me as a huge coincidence Given that this is the same exact error, I would think it would be mentioned in accounts of Peleliu Screwing this up twice is a notable logistical failure It appears that the author mistakenly plugged the Peleliu account into the Tarawa one If so, he may be using a corrupted source.At least twice he describes the 75 mm pack howitzers and 75 mm guns on the Sherman tanks as being.3 inch guns Later on page 92 he provides fairly accurate breakdowns of the exact caliber of the guns used in the battle.His appendix at the end of the casualties suffered by the Marines is confusing It has the following categories of casualties Killed in actionWounded killedDied of woundsMissing presumed deadWounded missing deadWounded in actionCombat fatigue Wounded missing dead is a mystery to me, as is wounded killed The book suffers from the same defects that so many of Osprey s books doinaccuracies that make me mistrust them as solid sources That said, I enjoy them for the most part This book, however, isn t as good of an account of the battle as others I ve read One of those is by Wright himself A Hell Of A Way To Die, Tarawa 1943 , and is listed in his bibliography in this Osprey edition

  2. Leonard Pierce says:

    I picked up a bunch of books from the Praeger Illustrated Military Histories series for a buck each recently this was the first I read Tarawa was a major turning point in the Pacific War, when the Allies first really started fighting back, though at massive cost This was a serviceable, occasionally engaging, though never spectacular book.

  3. Nelson Candelario jr. says:

    This book provides an excellent overall look at the battle of Tarawa and the Gilbert Island campaign during WWII It has vivid charts, maps, illustrations, which give the reader a feel for what the Marines faced I would definitely recommend this book as a starter for anyone interested in the battle and the Pacific war in general.

  4. John says:

    Although some interesting stories are noted, the book s goal is to present the entire battle, not explore various incidents in depth On that count, the book is satisfactory For those wanting something akin to The Pacific, look elsewhere This is not a riveting account of the battle, but the equivalent of an extended encyclopedia article.

  5. James says:

    Great book

  6. Seth says:

    Detailed but concise account of the Marine Corps battle for Betio island in the Tarawa atoll in 1943 Horrifying piece of history, but damn interesting.

  7. Sean Chick says:

    High rating is mostly for the maps and photographs Prose is drier than dirt.

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