This volume covers the Japanese seizure of the island of Guam in December 1941 and its American recapture by amphibious assault in July-August 1944. Guam was the first Allied territory lost to the Japanese, making its recapture politically and psychologically important. The American invasion in 1944 was the second two-division amphibious assault ever conducted, and this book details the 26-day struggle to recapture the island - one of the most costly battles that the US Marine Corps had so far undertaken.
Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. A highly respected and established author, Gordon has writte extensively on the Pacific War. He lives and works in Louisiana. Howard Gerrard has been a freelance designer and illustrator for over 20 years. He has worked for a number of publishers, and is an associate member of the Guild of Aviation Artists. He has illustrated a number of related titles in the Campaign series, including volumes 77: 'Tarawa 1943'. 81: 'Iwo Jima 1945' and 96: 'Okinawa 1945'.
Introduction; Chronology; The 1941 fall of Guam; Opposing plans; Opposing Commanders; Opposing Forces; Capture and Occupation of Guam; Aftermath; The Battlefield Today; Bibliography; Index