Japanese Infantryman

Versus

US Marine Rifleman

Tarawa, Roi-Namur, and Eniwetok, 1943–44

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Author

Gregg Adams

Illustrator

Johnny Shumate

 

 

Japanese Infantryman Versus U.S. Marine Rifleman is the 75th 80-page paperback book that is in the Combat series of books that are available from Osprey Publications.

Japanese Infantryman vs US Marine Rifleman: Tarawa, Roi-Namur, and Eniwetok, 1943–44 by Gregg Adams is a compelling read that provides an in-depth analysis of the battles between the US Marines and Japanese troops during World War II. The book features evocative artwork plates and carefully selected photographs, which enhance the narrative and provide a visual context to the events described. The author meticulously details the battles that took place on the islands of Tarawa, Roi-Namur, and Eniwetok from 1943 to 1944.

The narrative begins with the amphibious vehicles carrying Marines of the 2d Marine Division reaching the shores of Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll on November 20, 1943. The island was defended by a determined Japanese garrison that fought to the last man. This marked the beginning of a test by combat of over two decades of US studies, analyses, and planning for capturing and defending naval bases in Micronesia.

The book also covers the rapid capture of the Kwajalein and Eniwetok atolls in the Marshall Islands in February 1944. In these battles, US Marines fought a mix of Imperial Japanese Navy and Imperial Japanese Army ground units. The author highlights how all but a handful of the defenders were determined to die for the Emperor while killing as many of the enemy as possible.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Opposing Sides
    • Doctrine and Tactics
    • Recruitment and Force Structure
  • Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll
    • November 20–23, 1943
  • Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll
    • oebruary 1–2, 1944
  • Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll
    • February 18, 1944
  • Analysis
    • Lessons learned: American
    • Lessons learned: Japanese
  • Aftermath
  • Unit Organizations
  • Bibliography
  • Index

In this study, the author shows how the US Marine Corps and US Navy drew upon these pivotal actions to improve their tactics, organization, and equipment for the next round of amphibious operations. He also explains how their Japanese opponents – realizing that isolated island garrisons were doomed to destruction or isolation if the Imperial Japanese Navy could not defeat the US Navy at sea – moved from seeking to repel an invasion to one inflicting maximum American casualties through prolonged defensive fighting.

The author shows how these pivotal actions led to improvements in tactics, organization, and equipment for future amphibious operations by the US Marine Corps and US Navy. He also explains how their Japanese opponents moved from seeking to repel an invasion to inflicting maximum American casualties through prolonged defensive fighting.

Summary

Overall, this book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in military history or World War II. It provides a detailed account of some of the most significant battles between US Marines and Japanese troops, offering insights into their strategies, tactics, and outcomes.

The wargamer will be able to create new scenarios based on the information presented in this book. The book provides detailed insights into the battles at Tarawa, Roi-Namur, and Eniwetok, allowing wargamers to recreate historically accurate scenarios. Tactical information, unit composition, and strategic decisions enrich scenario design for a better gaming experience. Additionally, Wargamers can gather ideas for rules and strategies employed by Japanese infantrymen and US Marine riflemen. This information can enhance gameplay, offering a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by both sides during these specific engagements. Finally, The book aids wargamers in achieving historical accuracy in unit deployment, terrain considerations, and victory conditions. It serves as a valuable reference for refining rulesets to match the historical context of the Pacific theater.

Figure painters can utilize the book’s detailed descriptions of uniforms and equipment to accurately depict Japanese infantrymen and US Marine riflemen. The book also provides color references and illustrations, aiding figure painters in capturing accurate color schemes. From camouflage patterns to insignias, these details contribute to figure accuracy. This ensures that painted miniatures will be painted with historical accuracy.

Finally, the history enthusiast will gain a broader context of the Pacific theater during World War II, as the book delves into the strategic significance of the battles at Tarawa, Roi-Namur, and Eniwetok. Personal narratives provide a human perspective on the experiences of soldiers, enriching historical understanding and contributing to a more nuanced portrayal of the Pacific campaign.

A history enthusiast will really enjoy this book immensely with all of the detailed accounts of the battles. The figure painter will enjoy researching the uniforms from the color plates. The author’s thorough research and engaging writing style make this a must-read book and an excellent addition to the home library.

Japanese Infantryman Versus US Marine Rifleman, Tarawa, Roi-Namur, and Eniwetok, 1943–44 is a 80-page paperback book that is available from Osprey Publications.

 

Paperback $23.00
eBook (ePub) $18.40
eBook (PDF) $18.40