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Clickenhof #21 Posted Nov 23 2012 - 15:38

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Thank you for another excellent article, Chieftan

LeoXiao #22 Posted Nov 26 2012 - 17:49

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Only eight Japanese survived out of 2500? Damn.

Beausabre #23 Posted Jun 20 2018 - 20:30

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I recommend Estes's complete work, Marines Under Armor and the following (all of which are on my bookshelf)

 

Marine Tank Battles in the Pacific - Oscar Gilbert

 

Tanks in Hell: A Marine Tank Company On Tarawa - Oscar Gilbert

 

US Marine Corps Tanks of World War 2 - Steven Zaloga

 

US Marine Corps Tank Crewman 1941-1945: Pacific

 

 



Beausabre #24 Posted Jun 22 2018 - 14:47

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While this was going on, the Army's 27th Infantry Division (Reinforced) invaded Makin, which led to

 

1) The CG sending the signal "Makin Taken" at the end of the operation

 

2) One of the reinforcing elements was a platoon from 193rd Tank Battalion, equipped with M3A5's, the only combat use of the M3 series in the Pacific. (Although they did good work against the Japanese in Burma in Commonwealth hands)



MacDaddyMatty #25 Posted Jun 22 2018 - 16:14

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Great article - thank you.

Always loved the concept and application of the LVT (a)1 and LVT (a)4 and 5, the USMC amphibious tanks that would later find themselves acting as regular tanks (despite being gigantic) and also ad-hock artillery. If ya ever get bored Chieftain - consider doing an "in the Chieftain's hatch" on em. I'm sure the USMC museum would be very accommodating.

(and you could give us a peek on the Ontos while you're at it!)






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