November: Tarawa (4)

Tarawa

When Marines think about the history of amphibious warfare, very likely the first image that comes to mind is Tarawa. Even for those who know next to nothing about that battle, its very name evokes heroism, great sacrifice against incredible odds, and the pride of being a Marine. It was the closest the Marines have ever come to being forced back into the sea during an amphibious assault. It is little wonder then that the debate over the future of amphibious doctrine and technology often turns to the question, "What happens if we face another Tarawa?" Read the entire article.