Alligators, Buffaloes, and Bushmasters: The history of the by Alfred Dunlop Bailey

By Alfred Dunlop Bailey

This thesis is anxious with the Marine Corps’ activities within the discovery and improvement of the Land motor vehicle Tracted (LVT) via international battle II, and specializes in its use within the Solomon Islands and the primary Pacific. A concluding half offers with post-war improvement and the way forward for the car.

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Smith, Coral and Brass (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1949), p. 97. 41Clifford, Progress and Purpose, p. 57. 42Hough, Ludwig, and Shaw, Pearl Harbor to Guadalcanal, p. 34. 43Borg-Warner Corporation, Research, Investigation, and Experimentation, pp. 65—66. , 1942), p. 16. 46 PART III EARLY LESSONS The Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor shocked America and galvanized the country into'action, although at the time of the attack there were shortages of needed war materiel and few trained men. This situation generally applied to all the amed services, yet the Marine Corps was the first ordered to take the offensive against the enemy.

348. 5William M. Miller and •John H. S. Marine Corps, 1965), p. 8. , p. , P. 30. 8Holland M. Smith, "Amphibious Tactics," Marine Corps Gazette, July, 1946, p. 46. , p. 29. 10K. Jack Bauer, Surfboats and Horse Marines (Annapolis: United States Naval Institute, 1969), p. 66. Smith, "Amphibious Tactics," July, 1946, p. 46. '2Kenneth J. Clifford, Progress and Purpose: A Developmental History of the United States Marine Corps 1900-1970 (Washington: History and Museum Division, Headquarters, United States Marine Corps, 1973), pp.

Japan's extended position on the tip of the Lower Solomon Islands offered the United States a chance to isolate the area and conduct an amphibious landing to seize the initiative, an act badly needed for public morale following setbacks including the loss of Guam, the Philippines, and Wake Island in the first days after Pearl Harbor. 1 The planning phase began ininediately in an atmosphere of urgency. 47 Map 1. Southwest Pacific area. 48 Map 2. Solomon Islands. 49 At the outset, the LVT(1) was assigned exclusively a supply role.

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