Fighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marine Corps' Desperate Defense of the Philippines

Fighting for MacArthur The Navy and Marine Corps Desperate Defense of the Philippines Fighting for MacArthur is a welcome addition to the scholarship on the Pacific War Gordon makes extensive use of the U S Army Navy and Marine Corps archives and interviews with veterans of the Phili

  • Title: Fighting for MacArthur: The Navy and Marine Corps' Desperate Defense of the Philippines
  • Author: John Gordon
  • ISBN: 9781612510576
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Fighting for MacArthur is a welcome addition to the scholarship on the Pacific War Gordon makes extensive use of the U.S Army, Navy, and Marine Corps archives and interviews with veterans of the Philippine campaign This is a well written, engaging treatment of the steadily deteriorating position of the defenders in the Philippines Michigan War Studies Review.For the Fighting for MacArthur is a welcome addition to the scholarship on the Pacific War Gordon makes extensive use of the U.S Army, Navy, and Marine Corps archives and interviews with veterans of the Philippine campaign This is a well written, engaging treatment of the steadily deteriorating position of the defenders in the Philippines Michigan War Studies Review.For the first time the story of the Navy and Marine Corps in the 1941 42 Philippine campaign is told in a single volume Drawing on a rich collection of both U.S and recently discovered Japanese sources as well as official records and wartime diaries, Gordon chronicles the Americans desperate defense of the besieged islands Gordon offers updated information about the campaign during which the Navy and Marines, fighting in what was largely an Army operation, performed some of their most unusual missions of the entire Pacific War He also explains why the Navy s relationship with Gen Douglas MacArthur became strained during this campaign, and remained so for the rest of the war.As a result of Gordon s extensive primary source research, Fighting for MacArthur presents the most complete account of the dramatic efforts by elements of the Navy and Marine Corps to support the U.S Army s ill fated defense of the Philippines.

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    1. An interesting addition to the history of the Philippine Island Campaign This is a great book about an force that isn't talked about much in the Philippines. That is the Navy and Marines who bore most of the fighting to try and keep the sea lanes open, be that speed bump and hold the Japanese off until late into 1942. There is talk of how the gunboats fought with the inshore patrol to keep the harbor open so that submarines could bring supplies into Bataan. How as ships were sunk, bases destroye [...]

    2. You always hear the battles of Bataan and Corregidor from the Army viewpoint but this book is written from the Navy side. It`s an extremely good book explaining how frustrating it was to work with MacArthur to coordinate supplies and men to stop the Japanese invasion. The battle lasted as long as it did because the Navy had planned ahead in moving critical supplies onto Corregidor ahead of time before Bataan collapsed. It also tells the little known stories of the U.S. Navy gunboats that fought [...]

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