Carlson’s Marine Raiders: Makin Island 1942 by Gordon L. Rottman

By Gordon L. Rottman

В ночь на 17-18 августа 1942 года, 211 бойцов 2-го батальона морской пехоты США провели дерзкую десантную вылазку на оккупированный японцами остров Макин

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He was concerned about securing them while engaged and having to secure and guard them in rubber boats returning to the submarines, especially since all hands may have to paddle. In addition, the boats would be crowded, as some were bound to be damaged, and litter casualties required more space than a sitting man. Guarding them on the submarines would also be problematic. Some NCOs told their men not to bother with prisoners. Carlson directed that the natives were not to be harmed. ” Four radio nets were used: Task Unit Net, Co A Net, Co B Net, and Ship-to-Shore.

Company B’s aid station would be similarly located near the company’s right flank. ” Carlson was opposed to the directive to capture enemy personnel. He was concerned about securing them while engaged and having to secure and guard them in rubber boats returning to the submarines, especially since all hands may have to paddle. In addition, the boats would be crowded, as some were bound to be damaged, and litter casualties required more space than a sitting man. Guarding them on the submarines would also be problematic.

No doubt there were individual concerns, but as a unit they were ready come-what-may. They had trained long and hard and wanted to prove what the Raiders could do and to prove themselves as men. ” Getting out of the “iron coffins” reinforced their enthusiasm. On the rolling submarines the Raiders struggled to drag the bundled boats out of the external torpedo-storage tubes and to pull weapons, ammunition boxes, medical supplies, litters, fuel cans, and 40lb motors out of the spray-filled hatches.

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