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Osprey Campaign 110 : Peleliu 1944 : The Forgotten Corner of Hell

Equalling Tarawa, Iwo Jima and Okinawa in scale and ferocity, the battle for Peleliu has long been regarded as the Pacific war's 'forgotten battle', one that with hindsight should never have been fought at all. Originally planned to secure General MacArthur's eastern flank during his invasion of the Philippine Islands, the assault became superfluous after a massive carrier-based attack on the Palau Islands by Task Force 58 some weeks earlier destroyed all aircraft and shipping in the area and virtually isolated the Japanese garrison. The planners may have been influenced by the extravagant claims of the commander of the Marine Corps' 1st Division, General Rupertus, that it would 'only take three days - maybe two', but as the Japanese defenders abandoned their previous strategy of attempting to repel the invader on the beaches and fought a battle of attrition from carefully prepared positions in the Umurbrogol Hills, the operation became a close-quarters slog of unprecedented savagery in which a whole Marine Division expended itself and had to be replaced by Army units. Text by Jim Moran with illustrations by Howard Gerrard.

    Contents
  • Background to the Campaign
  • Chronology
  • The Opposing Commanders
  • Opposing Forces
  • Opposing Plans
  • The Campaign
  • Aftermath
  • The Battlefield Today
  • Further Reading
  • Index

 

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