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Lacey examines the Smith vs. Smith controversy during the Saipan invasion using newly discovered primary source material. Saipan was not the first time General “Howlin’ Mad” Smith had created friction. Lacey reveals how Smith’s blatant partisanship and inability to get along with others nearly brought the American march across the Pacific to a halt. Pacific Blitzkrieg explores the combat in each invasion to show how the battles were planned, how raw recruits were turned into efficient combat forces, how battle doctrine was created on the fly, and how every service remade itself as new and more deadly weapons continuously changed the character of the war.
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By Michael on 06-27-16
An honest review of US Marine/Army in the Pacific
Outstanding straight forward and very interesting. Written more like a report than a story this book helps the amateur historian understand why the US won the Pacific Campaign of WWII. Not always pretty and very honest I think this is a must for any fan of WWII or soldiering in general.