In Tanks on the Beaches, Robert M. Neiman and his coauthor, Kenneth W. Estes, relay vivid accounts of fighting in the Pacific War, as well as Marine Corps service during the entire World War II period, devoid of idolatry and mythmaking. The result is a war story told from the unique perspective of men fighting from armored machines in desperate battles against a determined enemy. After the capture of Guadalcanal, Neiman endured Japanese bombardments there to gather information for his assignment as operations officer of a new tank school being formed in California. He eventually led his own tank company through four island battles culminating in the cauldron of Iwo Jima. Later, he finished the war as executive officer and commanding officer of the 1st Tank Battalion on occupation and security duty in North China in 1945-46.The essay caught my attention while, as a retired marine tank officer and historian, I was conducting research for a history of the Corps and its ... combat with USMC tank units, he also had witnessed most of the important developments of his servicea#39;s fledgling tank arm. ... occasions and on battlefield tours that he and his wife, Suzy, had taken, had been urging him to write a book for more than a decade.
|Title||:||Tanks on the Beaches|
|Author||:||Robert M. Neiman, Kenneth W. Estes|
|Publisher||:||Texas A&M University Press - 2003-03-03|