Line of Departure Tarawa Author:Russ, Martin Summer, 1943. Hololulu. Code Name: Operation Galvanic: A campaign to capture Japanese baseds in the Gilbert Islands will be the first strategic Allied thrust aimed directly at the heart of the enemy. — On the tiny island of Betio, the principal island of the Tarawa Atoll, the Japanese had constructed one of the most formidable fortresses in the h... more »istory of warfare. In that confined space - on a featureless coral plain some 2,500 miles southwest of Pearl Harbor - 6,000 men were soon to die in the Pacific's bluntest, most brutal battle.
Here is the amazing story behind the brave men who made Tarawa the line of departure - the start of an unprecedented parade of victories that was to end at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.« less