November: Tarawa (6)

Tarawa

As the tide of battle sweeps westward across the Pacific, and colossal naval forces pound Japanese positions on coral islands into dust, neutralizing the efforts of our enemies to resist, the landing and seizing of these islands is made relatively easy so long as the fleet, with its superior air power, can exercise control of the air and sea, and deliver thousand of tons of explosives at a dozen or more critical points.

Let us not forget, however, that this has not been the order of the day for very long and it may not continue to be the pattern of war. The more normal pattern seems to be that of the Guadalcanal, the Bougainville, and the Cape Gloucester campaigns with an occasional Tarawa thrown in as the supreme test. Read the entire article.