Tarawa by Robert Sherrod - In the summer of , at the height of World War II, battles were exploding all throughout the Pacific theater. In mid-November of. He also authored five books on World War II, including Tarawa: The Story of a Battle () and the definitive History of Marine Corps Aviation in World War II. The Paperback of the Tarawa: The Incredible Story of One of World War II's Bloodiest Battles by Robert Sherrod at Barnes & Noble.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Tarawa by Robert Sherrod. But none were as deadly, as vicious or as desperately fought as the battle for Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll. It was the most heavily fortified Japanese territory in the entire Pacific.
The Americans wanted it as a staging point for the next big push toward Japan. And one journalist was there to chronicle the horror. Here is Robert Sherrod's eyewitness account of those terrible three days as he went ashore with the assault troops of the US Marines 2nd Marine Division in Tarawa and saw firsthand as 35, troops of the US Army 27th Infantry Division took on less than 5, heavily entrenched Japanese defenders in one of the most savage engagements of the war.
The battle was so merciless that only seventeen Japanese soldiers survived. Full of stark, brutal imagery, this true story of battle, blood, and a fight to the death is a must for anyone interested in World War II as it really happened.
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Tarawa: The Incredible Story of One of World War II's Bloodiest Battles
Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 05, Liberty rated it really liked it Shelves: reading. The battle of Tarawa was one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific for the size of the island and quantity of troops.
Sherrod was a newsreporter who landed with the Marines. And though he is not able to give you an all encompassing account of the battle, he does give a very thorough one taken from the exact notes he wrote during the battle which The battle of Tarawa was one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific for the size of the island and quantity of troops.
And though he is not able to give you an all encompassing account of the battle, he does give a very thorough one taken from the exact notes he wrote during the battle which by the way is pretty remarkable that he was able to take such a detailed account during intense combat.
I dog-eared so many pages, I finally gave in and went back and penciled underlinings on all my favorite quotes. Such bravery is hard to imagine. Probably the best telling of this white-hot battle from someone who saw it all first-hand. It is full of personal experiences and contains a list of the American casualties suffered at Tarawa.
This is the straight tic-toc of the battle for Betio Island in the Tarawa atoll in A Marine division attacked about japanese dug in on the island and took it in 6 days of incredibly bloody fighting, among the highest casualty rates the US has ever endured.
Sherrod lands and keeps a straight diary of what happened, with lots of personal colour in the style of new reports of the day. This is a must read for any WWII enthusiast, for it is brief, compelling and illuminating. It is short This is the straight tic-toc of the battle for Betio Island in the Tarawa atoll in It is short enough to be a good introduction to more, nuance sources. A very easy, engrossing read although it might be too explicit for those below 8th grade.
Aug 16, Carl Palmateer rated it really liked it. Written by a correspondent who went in with the assault waves this details, at a personal level, the bloody attack.
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He maintains perspective for the reader by relating the general details of the battalion and regimental actions. Written almost immediately after the battle, published within a year of it well before the end of the war it has an urgency about the battle and the war you don't find in later memoirs.
It is very much a book of the times as you look at style and viewpoints.
Some Written by a correspondent who went in with the assault waves this details, at a personal level, the bloody attack. Some though seem timeless, the growing disenchantment with the media on the part of the Marines as the media fail to make clear the difficulty of combat and the challenges ahead to win the war. The frustration with a public that either would not or could not understand the terrible hardships and sacrifices at the front. The anger at the unions, even by union men, at the continual strikes in the US while the war was going on.
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A classic read, he shows that no matter how much ordinance, no matter the technology, in the end, its the infantry that has to go in and do the bloody, deadly work necessary to win a war. Jun 18, David rated it it was amazing. A vivid account of one of the most costly offenses in WWII. Sherrod was a war correspondent who went ashore with the Marines on the first day. The four thousand Japanese on the island were in heavily fortified bunkers that days of bombardment didnt phase.
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The Marines waded ashore under heavy machine gun fire and killed the defenders one by one. Only a handful of Japanese surrendered. The rest were killed or committed suicide. The cost: American dead and wounded. This book does not glamorize battle but describes it in grotesque and realistic terms. The only thing missing is the smell of rotting bodies. Aug 20, Susan rated it really liked it. I forced myself to read all the details about how men died in this battle. Terrible loss is life.
The Marines were astonished at the fortifications the Japanese had built using huge, thick coconut logs and at those defenders who hid themselves in the top of coconut trees and sniped until they died.
Death was prolonged because the trees were high, they secreted themselves well and probably didn't expect to survive. Casualties were very high though for the most part details were kept from the I forced myself to read all the details about how men died in this battle. Casualties were very high though for the most part details were kept from the American public to keep up morale at home.
But the runways were not ruined and the Seabees were able to build on some of the fortifications the Japanese had built.
May 04, Jeff Nelson rated it it was amazing. Unfortunately, this edition seems to be an OCR scan that was never proofread. There are hundreds of scanning errors, a few of which obscure the text.
My favorite is the list of men who were "Muled in action. May 15, James rated it liked it. I enjoy reading these kind of books from the view of the person who was there.
Feb 12, George rated it liked it Shelves: wwii. I expected more from this book What was good was Sherrods observations of the home front. We have been told the home front was unequivocally behind the troops, with Victory Gardens, and bond drives, etc. What the home front didnt understand, and dont understand to this day, is the incredible sacrifice of the men at the front.
Dec 30, Dan Adams rated it it was amazing. Straight-forward, terrifying account, saddening and uplifting account of the hour WWII battle for Betio Island on the Japan's atoll of Tarawa, by Robert Sherrod, Time and Life war-correspondent who hit the beaches alongside of the U.
Jan 03, David C rated it it was amazing. Tarawa Nothing is more moving or eloquent or educational than to be confronted by a witness to the horrors of war,especially we soft Americans of the 21st century. Will we have the intestinal fortitude to do what needs to be done next time? Aug 05, David Whip rated it liked it. Wonderful Book, Terrible Formatting Yet another example of a book being scanned and released without any eyes on the pages.
Somehow Amazon must put a stop to this practice. The best thing about this book is the sense of "here-and-now," since it's based on the reporter's notes while the fighting was actually going on. Jul 12, Oscarc rated it it was amazing.