Frederic R. Mathis

Redding, California, US
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  • Utmost Savagery

  • The Three Days of Tarawa
  • By: Colonel Joseph H. Alexander United States Marine Corps (Ret.)
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

On November 20, 1943, in the first trial by fire of America’s fledgling amphibious assault doctrine, 5,000 men stormed the beaches of Tarawa, a seemingly invincible Japanese island fortress barely the size of the 300-acre Pentagon parking lots. Before the first day ended, one-third of the marines who had crossed Tarawa’s deadly reef under murderous fire were killed, wounded, or missing. In three days of fighting, four Americans would win the Medal of Honor and six thousand combatants would die.

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  • The Definitive Battle History of Tarawa

  • By Iain on 02-23-11

Tactical presentation provides a most vivid and visceral accounting of the battle.

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Reviewed: 03-06-16

While I have read several accounts of Marine Corps military pacific war actions...all employing memoirs to convey the intensity and knowledge of the military history of each event I believe the thorough use of the tactical narrative captured my interest greater than any of those utilizing memoirs.

I am profoundly impacted by this account of the battle for Tarawa...being eight years old at the time of the battle and listening to the comments regarding the tragic but heroic aspects from neighbors