The Six Marine Divisions in the Pacific

Every Campaign of World War II


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About the Book

In the island battles of World War II, the United States Marine Corps came into its own. From a force previously numbering 55,000, the ranks of the Marines swelled to 480,000. With Pacific theater command essentially divided geographically between General Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, these forces found themselves under the command of the Army or Navy depending on their particular location. On land and at sea, the contribution which the six Marine divisions made to the Allied victory in the Pacific cannot be ignored. Concentrating on the infantry units, this volume provides a brief history of each of the six Marine divisions which took part in the Pacific conflict. Beginning with a chronology of the war in the Pacific, it succinctly describes each campaign through the eyes of a specified division, focusing on the division’s exact movements and actions. Some battles and operations are covered from different perspectives because of the presence of multiple divisions. An initial section contains brief biographical sketches of key players in the Pacific arena. Extensive maps and photographs are also included.

About the Author(s)

The late George B. Clark, military historian and former Marine, wrote about World War I, World War II, and the United States Marine Corps. He lived in Pike, New Hampshire.

Bibliographic Details

George B. Clark
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 204
Bibliographic Info: 78 photos, maps, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2769-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0717-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      1
Introduction      5
Abbreviations      9

Biographies      11
1st Marine Division      39
2d Marine Division      77
3d Marine Division      102
4th Marine Division      130
5th Marine Division      155
6th Marine Division      169

Bibliography      189
Index      193

Book Reviews & Awards

“handy compendium…excellent”—Stone & Stone Second World War Books; “an excellent work for any Jarhead’s library!”—Sea Classics.