One Square Mile of Hell: The Battle for Tarawa by John Wukovits

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By John Wukovits

Within the Tarawa atoll lies the tiny islet of Betio. In November of 1943, the lads of the second Marine department watched as bombardments destroyed the island's jap defenses. but if the Marines landed, the japanese poured out in their protecting bunkers and commenced the most brutal encounters of the war.

Drawn from assets corresponding to participants' letters and diaries and interviews with survivors, One sq. Mile of Hell is the riveting actual account of a conflict among made up our minds foes, neither of whom may ever examine one another within the related method back.

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