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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jun 2018 8:43 p.m. PST

""Once inside, a man quickly found that you could not be claustrophobic and serve in a tank," Oscar Gilbert and Romain Cansiere write in Tanks in Hell: A Marine Corps Tank Company on Tarawa. "In fact many infantrymen who tried to ride inside found that they preferred to take their chances outside."

The November 1943 invasion of the tiny, Japanese-held island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll was the first time the U.S. Marine Corps met an entrenched enemy on the beach in World War II. At Guadalcanal the year before, the Japanese retreated inland.

This time the Japanese were better prepared. And the Marines brought tanks with them for the opening assault…."
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skipper John Supporting Member of TMP05 Jun 2018 3:05 p.m. PST

I bought it… looks like a good read!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Jun 2018 10:13 a.m. PST

Happy for you my friend!. (smile)


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