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Title: Joint army-marine operations in the central pacific
Author: Lacey, Sharon Tosi
ISNI:       0000 0004 2748 0673
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2013
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This dissertation focuses on the mechanics of merging the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army into a coherent joint force capable of defeating the Japanese in the Central Pacific Campaign. By examining the planning, execution and lessons learned through five different operations - Guadalcanal, the Gilbert Islands (Tarawa and Makin), the Marshall Islands (Kwajalein and Roi- Namur), Saipan and Okinawa - it is possible to trace the transformation and adaptation of the commanders and their units. Whenever one attempts to combine culturally unique organisations, individual personalities within both groups will have an outsized effect on results. Nowhere is this more demonstrable than in the Central Pacific Campaign, where a few outsized personalities were responsible for most of the interservice friction. Unfortunately, over the past seven decades the narrative of a campaign almost brought to ruin by squabbling commanders - as embodied by the Smith versus Smith controversy - has become one of the dominant narratives of the Pacific War. In truth, at the division level and below, there is a much brighter picture of interservice cooperation. By closely studying similar elements in the preparation and execution of each battle is it possible to examine how the lessons-learned process delivered new capabilities, technological advances and doctrinal changes, to the combat forces. Similar analytical standardisation also helps one to see how equipment and methodological changes were absorbed and then employed by both the army and marines. Over the course of these ~ve battles one can, therefore, easily trace the adaptability of both services as they transformed not only their fighting methods, but also their own cultures so to create a common lexicon of doctrine and tactics. 2
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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