Speller, Ian. & Tuck, Christopher.


Staplehurst, 1st ed., 2001. 176 pp., numerous photo-ills., + some plans & diagrams. D.j., 29 x 22cm. Nr.FINE. Landing on a hostile beach is one of the most ancient and difficult forms of warfare. It requires unparalleled levels of planning, organisation, coordination and cooperation between the services. After the disasters of Gallipoli and Zeebrugge in World War I, amphibious operations reached maturity in World War II and were essential in the defeat of Japan, while the D-Day landings signalled the beginning of the end for Hitler. Since 1945, a myriad of expeditionary naval forces have set off for a wide range of destinations : Korea, Vietnam, the Falkland Islands, Grenada, and the Balkans, to name a few. In the post-Cold War era, amphibious warfare has reached new heights of importance in its ability to intervene rapidly in crisis situations. Rather than following a chronological narrative, this book builds up the different stages of an amphibious campaign chapter by chapter, illustrating each with case studies. Starting with the early planning and preparation, it takes the reader through the initial landing stage, the beachhead consolidation, up to securing a target. Further chapters on Equipment, and Logistics and Supply, give the complete picture of the troops, commanders, strategy and tactics, ships, landing craft, tanks and aircraft, and the actual assaults.

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