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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 makes a speciality of its use within the Solomon Islands and the relevant Pacific. A concluding half offers with post-war improvement and the way forward for the automobile.

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M. amphibian versatility was demonstrated. On its first day of action, Warned that the rivers of the' area would be deep, engineers had constructed a rough wooden bridge from scrap available on ships. This bridge was carried to the beach on D-Day by two LVTs which drove into the Tenaru River, a stream on the flank of the landing area, and became the supporting pontoons for it during the crossing of early assault elements of the landing force) The 5th Marines pushed inland against no resistance.

47Cliiford, Progress and Purpose, p. 33. Hein1, Soldiers of the Sea, p. 292. 49Major General Comandant Letter of 17 August 1933 to the Secretary of the Navy. 50Director of War Plans, United States Navy, Letter of 23 August 1933 to the Secretary of the Navy. : Navy Deparbnent, 1933), pp. 1-2. 24 II PART EARLY DEVELOPMENT With the creation of the FMF, a full-time organization of Marines could now begin to perfect the art of amphibious war. First, however, there was a significant deficiency that had to be corrected before landing exercises could be productively resumed,and that deficiency was the lack of a comprehensive doctrine on amphibious operations.

6) 51 The planning period was incredibly short considering the complexity of the unknowns, the strategic significance of the operation, and the enormous distances involved. The 1st Marine Division was enroute to Wellington, New Zealand, when the warning order for the Guadalcanal operation was delivered on 25 June 1942. Mount out (departure) for the 1st Division, from Wellington, was set for 22 July. The three infantry regiments and the artillery regiment of the division were scattered across half the globe on 25 June: the 5th Marine Regiment was at Wellington, the 1st Marine Regiment was enroute at sea, the 7th Marine Regiment was at Samoa on garrison duty and was not released until late In the operation, and the Divisionss artillery regiment, the 11th Marines, was at sea enroute also to Wellington.

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