Osprey - Tarawa 1943


Also published as: Campaign 77: Tarawa 1943
The Turning of the Tide

Author: Derrick Wright
Illustrator: Howard Gerrard
Publisher: Osprey Publishing Co, May 2001
ISBN 1-84176-272-5
Softcover, 96 pages, measures (in inches) 0.50 x 9.75 x 7.25

About this Book
The island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll was defended by the elite troops of the Special Naval Landing Force, whose commander, Admiral Shibasaki, boasted that "the Americans could not take Tarawa with a million men in a hundred years". In a pioneering amphibious invasion, the Marines of the 2nd Division set out to prove him wrong, overcoming serious planning errors to fight a 76-hour battle of unprecedented savagery. The cost would be more than 3000 Marine casualties at the hands of a garrison of some 3700. The lessons learned would dispel forever any illusions that Americans had about the fighting quality of the Japanese.


  • Overview: the Pacific War from Pearl Harbor to November 1944
  • Opposing Commanders
  • Opposing Armies
  • The Battle for Tarawa
  • Aftermath
  • Chronology
  • Bibliography
  • The Battlefield Today
  • Index

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