Images of War, The Gilbert and Ellice Islands – Pacific War, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

The unique photographic collections, concise text and aggressive pricing have made the Images of War series extremely popular, this volume reviewing the Gilbert and Ellice Islands actions. The Japanese quickly occupied the islands after their Pearl Harbour attack and the Allies had to neutralize the airfields they built on the islands – Highly Recommended.

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NAME: Images of War, The Gilbert and Ellice Islands – Pacific War, Rare 
Photographs From Wartime Archives
FILE: R2997
AUTHOR: Jim Moran
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £15.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, WW2, World War Two, World War 2, World War II, Second 
World War, Pacific Theatre, island hopping, Japanese air bases, commando attacks, 
amphibious landings

ISBN: 978-1-52670-528-0

IMAGE: B2997.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The unique photographic collections, concise text and aggressive 
pricing have made the Images of War series extremely popular, this volume 
reviewing the Gilbert and Ellice Islands actions. The Japanese quickly occupied the 
islands after their Pearl Harbour attack and the Allies had to neutralize the 
airfields they built on the islands – Highly Recommended.

The successful, if costly, island hopping campaign, heading toward the Japanese home islands, is often thought of now as a carefully thought out Allied campaign. In reality its resulted from accident, failure and a need to prevent the Japanese using the Gilbert and Ellice Islands as unsinkable aircraft carriers. Apart from the initial shock of Pearl Harbour, the US response to the Japanese declaration of war was to look to attacking Japan from China. An assault from the mainland had a number of attractions, not least that the US had already been involved for sometime through the ‘Flying Tiger’ volunteers and the increasing amount of support for the Chinese Armies that had already been engaged in a war with Japan for some five years. However, it soon became apparent that this was not going to be a successful plan.

As the US was looking at the options, there was a very urgent need to eject the Japanese Occupation Force from the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. The attempt to make a large commando style raid on the first Japanese airbase only intensified Japanese efforts to fully militarise the islands and use them to support further expansion towards Australia. The only logical option was to assemble an invasion fleet and land US troops to retake the islands.

The resulting invasion was to be the most costly campaign in the history of the US Marine Corps, but it established a pattern that would see Allied amphibious assault fleets, supported by strong carrier task forces, fighting their way towards the Japanese Home Islands. Much was learned from the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, and the amphibious landings in North Africa, Sicily and Italy, to assist the rolling campaign, but Japanese resistance at each stage continued to cause heavy loss of marines and soldiers.