Foreword /Introduction /Pearl Harbor by Carl Smith /Coral Sea by Mark Stille /Midway by Mark Stille /Guadalcanal by Joseph Mueller /Tarawa by Derrick Wright /Marshall Islands by Gordon L. Rottman /Peleliu by Jim Moran and Gordon L. Rottman /Leyte Gulf by Bernard Ireland /Iwo Jima by Derrick Wright /Okinawa by Gordon L. Rottman /Index
Meticulous detail and insightful analysis combine with a gripping chronological narrative to provide the essential guide to the Pacific Theater of World War II.
Dale Dye enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1964 and served in Vietnam, surviving 31 major combat operations. He emerged from Southeast Asia highly decorated, and rose to the rank of Master Sergeant before he was chosen to attend Officer Candidate School. Dye founded Warriors, Inc, the leading military consultancy to motion pictures and television, shortly after retiring from the Marine Corps and his firm has worked on more than fifty movies and TV shows, including several Academy Award and Emmy winning productions. Professor Robert O'Neill, AO D.Phil. (Oxon), Hon D. Litt. (ANU), FASSA, is the Series Editor of the Essential Histories. His wealth of knowledge and expertise shapes the series content and provides up-to-the-minute research and theory. Born in 1936 an Australian citizen, he served in the Australian Army, and has held a number of eminent positions in history circles, including Chichele Professor of the History of War at All Souls College, Oxford, and Chairman of the Board of the Imperial War Museum and the Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London. He is the author of many books including works on the German Army and the Nazi Party, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Now based in Australia on his retirement from Oxford he is the Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and Planning Director of the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.