By Robert M. Neiman, Kenneth W. Estes
Robert Neiman, probably the main skilled wrestle commander of the U.S. Marine Corps’ tank arm, was once one of many infrequent USMC officials to serve in either Iwo Jima and Okinawa battles. In Tanks at the Beaches, Neiman and his coauthor, Kenneth Estes, relay shiny debts of scuffling with within the Pacific conflict, in addition to Marine Corps provider throughout the whole international battle II interval, without idolatry and mythmaking. the result's a struggle tale advised from the original viewpoint of fellows battling from armored machines in determined battles opposed to a made up our minds enemy.
After the catch of Guadalcanal, Neiman persevered eastern bombardments there to collect info for his project as operations officer of a brand new tank university being shaped in California. He finally led his personal tank corporation via 4 island battles culminating within the cauldron of Iwo Jima. Later, he entire the warfare as government officer and commanding officer of the first Tank Battalion on profession and protection accountability in North China in 194546.
Neiman and Estes take the reader from prewar education at Quantico and in North Carolina in the course of the delights of a brand new Zealand bereft of guys, the horrors of Saipan and Iwo, the ordinary state of affairs in China after the battle, after which the journey again to the States for Neiman’s profitable postwar occupation as a lumber retailer.
Through all of it, Estes interprets Neiman’s eye for the attention-grabbing and the human right into a multifaceted story of a tender Marine going to battle. this can be an experience tale with many novel turns that might allure the curiosity of army specialists, army historical past aficionados, Marine Corps participants regularly, and veterans of armored battling automobile devices. Neiman isn't a USMC icon, only one of the unheralded millions of officials who did the true combating. this is often their tale, up to it truly is his.
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I told the doctor that I had to pass the examination without exception or waiver. He pronounced me as being close in one eye, but not in the other. My problem, he said, was the strength of my focal powers, and he gave me a series of exercises to perform twice a day for the next six weeks. I did these twice a day and modiﬁed my diet as he directed. By the third day, he had me reading the 20/20 line on his eye chart. We continued this regimen until it was time for the physical, and then three more weeks thereafter for good measure.
So we ﬁnished out the course and went on to attend the 4th Reserve Ofﬁcers’ Class (ROC) as brand-new second lieutenants. Although the commander of this course was Lt. Col. Evans Ames, we all fell under the charge—one might say the spell—of yet another Marine Corps icon: Maj. Merrill Twining. Twining was one of the most brilliant ofﬁcers to ever serve in the Corps. I can still remember a hike we took with him to the Manassas battleﬁeld. We hiked the twenty miles to Manassas in full packs, listened to the brieﬁngs, walked the ground, and learned the use of terrain in military tactics and maneuver.
The men knew exactly what to do. The planes dived on us and the civilians ran inside their houses in terror. The planes dropped ﬂour bags all around, but hit none of us. The civilians were very shaken by the whole episode. “All clear, assemble here,” I called out. ” I realized that we must look like men from Mars to these people, dressed as we were in motorcycle coveralls, ski masks, and helmets, and carrying tommy guns. I ran up the steps, knocked on the door, and said: “Please come out, we’re friends.
Tanks on the Beaches: A Marine Tanker in the Pacific War by Robert M. Neiman, Kenneth W. Estes