After providing a comprehensive review of geostrategic theory and its application to naval warfare, the book is organized by major operational environments in which such warfare occurs--the high seas, littoral regions, and inland waterways. Lindberg and Todd illustrate how such geographical factors as distance, location, surface, and subsurface conditions influence naval operations, including fleet-to-fleet engagements, amphibious assault, coastal defense, logistical support, and riverine actions. A separate chapter takes an in-depth look at the ways in which geography influences navies themselves with issues such as primary mission type, force structure development, and ship design. Through the use of historical case studies, this volume applies long held geographical concepts to fundamental naval theories and practices to illustrate just how pervasive geography's influence has been during the past 140 years.
Landing on a hostile beach is one of the most ancient forms and still most difficult forms of warfare. It requires unparalleled levels of planning, organisation, coordination and cooperation between the services. After the disasters of Gallipoli and Zeebrugge in the World War I, amphibious operations reached their maturity in World War II, and were essential in the defeat of Japan, while the D-Day landings signaled the beginning of the end for Hitler. Since 1945, a myriad of expeditionary naval forces have set off for a wide range of destinations, including Korea, Vietnam, the Falkland Islands, Grenada, the Balkans and Iraq in 2003. In the post-Cold War era, amphibious warfare has reached new heights of importance in its ability to intervene rapidly in crisis situations.
Rather than following a narrative history, Amphibious Warfare takes the unique approach of building up the different stages of an amphibious campaign chapter by chapter, illustrating each with case studies. From planning and preparation to reaching landing zones, from beachhead consolidation to securing a target, Amphibious Warfare offers the complete picture of the people, strategy and tactics, ships and landing craft, tanks and aircraft, as well as the assaults involved.
Illustrated with more than 150 photographs and including a colour plate section of more than 40 artworks, Amphibious Warfare is the complete guide to a form of conflict of increasing relevance to the modern world.
Pacific Blitzkrieg closely examines the planning,
preparation, and execution of ground operations for five major invasions in the
Central Pacific (Guadalcanal, Tarawa, the Marshalls, Saipan, and Okinawa). The
commanders on the ground had to integrate the U.S. Army and Marine Corps into a
single striking force, something that would have been difficult in peacetime,
but in the midst of a great global war, it was a monumental task. Yet, ultimate
success in the Pacific rested on this crucial, if somewhat strained,
partnership and its accomplishments. Despite the thousands of works covering
almost every aspect of World War II in the Pacific, until now no one has
examined the detailed mechanics behind this transformation at the corps and
Sharon Tosi Lacey makes extensive use of previously untapped primary
research material to re-examine the development of joint ground operations, the
rapid transformation of tactics and equipment, and the evolution of command
relationships between army and marine leadership. This joint venture was the
result of difficult and patient work by commanders and evolving staffs who
acted upon the lessons of each engagement with remarkable speed. For every
brilliant strategic and operational decision of the war, there were thousands
of minute actions and adaptations that made such brilliance possible.
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. This book will be a must read
for anyone who wants to get a behind-the-scenes story of the victory.
“Pacific Blitzkrieg is not only a major contribution to our
understanding of the Pacific War, but is also a delight to read. Lacey
demolishes the belief, widely held among students of the Pacific War, that a
deep gulf lay between the Marine Corps and the Army. In every respect Pacific Blitzkrieg is what one should
expect from a scholarly book: well researched, well argued, and coherent.”—Williamson Murray, coauthor of A War to Be Won: Fighting the Second World
“This is a
significantly fresh approach in that it goes beyond the Army-Marine
controversies best exemplified by ‘Smith versus Smith.’ It does so by
explaining their genesis in institutional and personal terms, then showing how
both services marginalized the controversies during the war, in the interest of
resolving the real problem: crossing the central Pacific with minimum
cost and maximum effectiveness.”—Dennis
E. Showalter, author of Hitler’s
Panzers and Patton and Rommel
“Pacific Blitzkrieg is an exceptional analysis of U.S. joint
amphibious operations against Japan during World War II. Lacey clearly
demonstrates that despite the heat of the Smith versus Smith controversy during
the invasion of Saipan, in fact U.S. Army and Marine units and commanders
cooperated far better than the published historical record to date suggests. A
must read for current and future joint force commanders and their staffs.”—Peter R. Mansoor, author of The GI Offensive in Europe: The Triumph of
American Infantry Divisions, 1941-1945
This is the story of the achievements, defeats, and victories of both the American and the Japanese navies as they met and battled in the greatest naval war of all time. This dramatic narrative brings to life both the glorious and the infamous—the decisive encounters at Midway...Guadalcanal...the Philippine Sea...Leyte Gulf...Iwo Jima...Okinawa...and the other points in the Pacific where history was made from 1941 to 1945.
The information for TRIUMPH IN THE PACIFIC was gathered by historians at the Naval Academy at Annapolis under the direction of E. B. Potter, the Academy’s Chairman of Naval History, and Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz who, as Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas, was a principal figure in the conflict. The book is marked by authenticity, conciseness, objectivity, and the accuracy of years of painstaking research and preparation.
The book is unique in using diverse sources and examples to present a comprehensive topical description and analysis of the key components of operational warfare at sea today. It opens with a survey of the emergence of operational warfare at sea since the end of the Napoleonic Wars, going on describe and analyze the objectives of naval warfare at the operational level and methods of employment of naval forces for accomplishing these objectives. The book explains the specifics of operational functions in a maritime theatre, discusses the personality traits and professional education required for successful naval operational commanders, and explores naval operational command and control in both peacetime and war, closing with predictions for the future of operational warfare at sea.
This book serves as a primer of how to plan, prepare and execute major naval operations and campaigns for naval commanders and their staffs, but will also be of interest to advanced students of naval history, strategic studies and military history in general.