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Carlson's Marine Raiders - Makin Island 1942 [Kindle Edition]

Gordon L. Rottman , Mark Stacey , Johnny Shumate
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The author brings an expert but sympathetic analysis to the event, showing the impact of indecision (and wrong decisions) by Car[l]son. [...] There is much here for the wargamer, ideally at say a 1:2 or 1:3 skirmish level [...] This is a good account of the confusion of combat and the critical need for firm leadership. Recommended. (Chris Jarvis, Miniature Wargames, June 2014)

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On August 17-18, 1942, 211 men of the US Marine Corps' 2nd Raider Battalion conducted a daring amphibious raid on the Japanese-occupied Makin Island in the South Pacific. This ambitious but flawed operation was intended to divert Japanese reinforcements bound for Guadalcanal, over 1,000 miles to the southwest, in the wake of the US landings there ten days earlier; the Raiders were to destroy the seaplane base and radio station, take prisoners, and collect intelligence. Although yielding limited results, it was to be an invaluable test of the innovative training and tactics employed by the Raiders, and a crucial boost to national morale at this difficult stage in the war. Featuring specially commissioned full-colour artwork and expert analysis, this gripping account of the fateful Makin Raid tells the whole story, from the plan's conception to its troubled execution and aftermath.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 15596 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KAB26LK
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The raid which formed US special forces policy. 20 Jun 2014
By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
)All countries are particularly proud of their special forces and people like to read of their exploits. The raid on Makin Island in 1942 was the very first US special forces operation and, for that reason, has become enshrined in US military folklore. For many others, however, the story, as told in this book, will be the first they have heard of the location, the people who took part or of its importance at the time. Although not the biggest book in the world, it really does cover the raid in great detail and is, therefore, great value for money.

The intention of the operation was to cause the Japanese to divert resources from Guadalcanal by believing their reinforcements were needed elsewhere. In order to achieve this, two companies of US Marines ventured deep into enemy territory aboard two submarines before being despatched in rubber boats to Makin Island where they were to attack and destroy the enemy and his facilities. Under command of Lt. Colonel Evans Carlson, the raid was also seen as a final examination for those taking part. These men had been carefully selected and had undergone many months of additional specialist training in order to determine whether the very notion of `special forces' was worth the extra time and effort involved. Each individual was so highly regarded as a `specialist' that the opinions of the most junior would be seriously considered by his commander in the planning of every move along the way.

The book is well laid out and, from the opening chapter entitled; `Origins' we learn of the background of the people involved and the thinking of the time. In this way, the author exposes all the minute details of how these men were brought together at a particular point in time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The raid which formed US special forces policy. 17 Jun 2014
By Ned Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
All countries are particularly proud of their special forces and people like to read of their exploits. The raid on Makin Island in 1942 was the very first US special forces operation and, for that reason, has become enshrined in US military folklore. For many others, however, the story, as told in this book, will be the first they have heard of the location, the people who took part or of its importance at the time. Although not the biggest book in the world, it really does cover the raid in great detail and is, therefore, great value for money.

The intention of the operation was to cause the Japanese to divert resources from Guadalcanal by believing their reinforcements were needed elsewhere. In order to achieve this, two companies of US Marines ventured deep into enemy territory aboard two submarines before being despatched in rubber boats to Makin Island where they were to attack and destroy the enemy and his facilities. Under command of Lt. Colonel Evans Carlson, the raid was also seen as a final examination for those taking part. These men had been carefully selected and had undergone many months of additional specialist training in order to determine whether the very notion of `special forces' was worth the extra time and effort involved. Each individual was so highly regarded as a `specialist' that the opinions of the most junior would be seriously considered by his commander in the planning of every move along the way.

The book is well laid out and, from the opening chapter entitled; `Origins' we learn of the background of the people involved and the thinking of the time. In this way, the author exposes all the minute details of how these men were brought together at a particular point in time. The remaining chapters are; Initial Strategy, The Plan, The Raid and Aftermath. The book then concludes with; Analysis, Conclusion, Bibliography and Index.

One of my own pet hates is to find one of those armchair experts who has never worn any form of uniform - ever, analysing some important military event in a way which seeks to promote their own non-existent expertise. With this book, however, I found myself drawn more and more towards the author because his comments and analysis made complete sense. Whereas, I was not aware until after I had finished the work, I was not surprised to learn that author Gordon L. Rottman is a special forces veteran. Clearly a man who knows what he is taking about!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Continues the high standards of the Raid series 22 Jun 2014
By Rick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I knew bits and pieces of this raid, but never the full story. While the author states he wasn't trying to pass judgement, is was apparent to me that many of the problems the marines encountered and some losses were directly attributed to Carlson's leadership beliefs! The book is a bit sparse on the Japanese side, but since these troops were rear echelon, what they did was surprising. All and all the book takes off the mythos of the raid without reducing the courage of the men who fought there.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High risk, questionable payoff? 28 Jun 2014
By D. S. Thurlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In the painful aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. military sought ways to strike back at Japan while marshaling its forces. One such strike was the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in April 1942. A second was the raid on Makin Island by two companies of Marine Raiders in August 1942, in conjunction with the Guadalcanal Operation. Makin Island was a high risk event, demonstrating both the potential of special operations forces and the hazards inherent in their use.

"Carlson's Marine Raiders: Makin Island 1942" is an Osprey Raid Series book, authored by Gordon Rottman, with illustrations contributed by several artists. Rottman begins with an extended introduction to the unorthodox LtCol Carlson and his concept for Marine raider units, specially trained to conduct hit and run operations using small boats. The narrative tracks the conception of the raid, the training for it, and its actual execution. The text is much enhanced by a terrific selection of photographs and maps. The diagrams of the fighting on Makin are especially useful for making sense of a confused operation.

Rottman's concluding critique of the operation is harsh but fair. The Raiders were insufficiently prepared for the operation. Carlson, an undoubtedly courageous officer, had a bad couple of days on Makin. The failures of accountability that left nine marines behind on the island are all but inexcusable. And why was a son of the President even allowed to go? On the other hand, there may have been few better ways to gain useful experience, which paid off in a subsequent mission during the Guadalcanal campaign. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book worth reading 25 July 2014
By Mr. Paul G. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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Rottman has done his research and produced a very good book.

The background to the creation of the Marine Raiders is explained, as is the training for the raid on Makin Island. Troop numbers and force breakdown are clearly shown, and the difficulties of fitting everyone into 2 submarines for the voyage come over clearly.

Having described the actual raid and illustrated the difference between the training and reality, Rottman points out the effects. The 9 men left behind were executed by the Japanese, and the reinforcements sent to other islands made future full scale invasions in the Pacific more costly in lives.

He questions the ability of Carson himself, and rightly so. An experienced officer who seemed to understand the Japanese military failed to take advantage when it counted. But in the end, the raid was promoted as a success, those involved treated as heroes when they returned to Pearl Harbour and the public loved it.

A book worth reading.
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