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Tarawa: A Hell of a Way to Die 20-23 November 1943

Wright, Derrick

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ISBN 10: 1861264763 / ISBN 13: 9781861264763
Published by The Crowood Press, Ltd., United Kingdom, 2002
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Paperback. Name of USMC veteran on half title page. Inscribed by author on title page. Very clean, tightly bound volume. 160 pages with index. 6" x 9 1/8". Bookseller Inventory # 9103

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Title: Tarawa: A Hell of a Way to Die 20-23 ...

Publisher: The Crowood Press, Ltd., United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Signed: Inscribed By Author

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Tarawa Atoll in the Central Pacific was the November, 1943 testing ground for America's ability to take heavily defended Japanese-held islands. The trial lasted three and a half days and would cost more than 3,000 USMC casualties at the hands of a Japanese garrison of some 4,700 men -- of whom just 17 would allow themselves to be taken alive. This compelling account of one of the most savage battles of World War II draws upon the vivid memories of Marine veterans of those 76 terrible hours of close-quarter fighting. It is supported by striking photographs, by the poignant drawings of a war artist who landed with the Marines, and by detailed maps and appendices.

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Derrick Wright's interest in World War II was stimulated by the many Luftwaffe bombing raids on his native Teesside. He is the author of Pacific Victory, Tarawa: A Hell of a Way to Die and Peleliu: To the Far Side of Hell. Married, with four daughters, he lives on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors.

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