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Bloody Tarawa: The 2D Marine Division, November 20-23, 1943

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Bloody Tarawa: The 2D Marine Division, November 20-23, 1943 - Hammel, Eric M, and Lane, John E (Editor)

On the morning of Saturday, November 20, 1943, the 2d Marine Division undertook the first modern amphibious assault against a well-defended beachhead. The objective was tiny Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, and the going was supposed to be easy--a target already ""pounded into coral dust"" by a massive naval and air bombardment. But what the Marines ...

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