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By Oscar E. Gilbert

In might 1943, a self-described “really younger, eco-friendly, ignorant lieutenant” assumed command of a brand new US Marine Corps corporation. His even more youthful enlisted Marines have been studying to exploit an untested weapon, the M4A2 “Sherman” medium tank. His sole wrestle veteran used to be the corporate bugler, who had salvaged his gown cap and battered horn from a sinking airplane provider. simply six months later, the corporate will be thrown into one of many ghastliest battles of global warfare II.
 
On November 20, 1943 the second Marine department introduced the 1st amphibious attack of the Pacific warfare, at once into tooth of strong jap defenses on Tarawa. In that blood-soaked invasion, a unmarried corporation of Sherman tanks, of which purely survived, performed a pivotal function in turning the tide from looming catastrophe to mythical victory. during this designated learn, Oscar E. Gilbert and Romain V. Cansiere use authentic records, memoirs, and interviews with veterans, in addition to own and aerial pictures, to keep on with Charlie corporation from its formation, and hint the move, action—and loss—of person tanks during this bad 4-day struggle.
 
The authors persist with the corporate from education throughout the brutal 76-hour fight for Tarawa. Survivor debts and air-photo analyses record the movements—and destruction—of the company’s person tanks. it's a tale of escapes from drowning tanks, or even extra harrowing extrications from tanks knocked out in the back of eastern traces. it's a tale of guys doing no matter what had to be performed, from burying the useless to hand-carrying heavy cannon ammunition ahead less than fireplace. it's the tale of ways the 2 surviving tanks and their crews increased a perilously skinny beachhead and cleared the way in which for severe reinforcements to come back ashore. yet so much of all, it's a tale of the way a number of unsung Marines helped flip close to catastrophe into epic victory.


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