Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the Gilbert Islands were occupied by the Japanese who built a seaplane base at Butaritari. In August 1942 this base was attacked by the US 2nd Raider Battalion (Carlson’s Raiders). As a result the base was reinforced and a second built at Apamana. Betio Island on the Tarawa Atoll became the main Japanese strong point.
Operation Galvanic, the US assault on Butarita, Apamana and Betio, was launched in November 1943 by the 2nd Marine Division and the 27th Infantry Division. While short in duration, the Betio battle has the dubious distinction of being the most costly in US Marine Corps history.
Thanks to the author’s in depth knowledge and access to superb contemporary images, this book will be of particular interest and value to historians and laymen.
"It is a quick and good read containing many moderate quality, but rare, photographs...provides an excellent overview of the battle for the Gilberts." ~Air Power History
"If the subject involves Marines by means, who better than Jim Moran to explain and evaluate us any situation." ~Miniaturas JM