The Critical Role of Military Logistics in World War II
Vol. III, Amphibious Operations in the South Pacific in WWII
Edited by William L. McGee with Sandra McGee
Foreword by Dennis R. Blocker II, Pacific War Historian, USS LCI National Association
BMC Publications, 2009
Pacific Express was selected for the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List as required annual reading for all officer and enlisted Marines, whether active duty or reserve.
“A very polished and professional volume covering a major and relatively unheralded part of World War II. . . . I’m sure the authors will receive widespread acclaim for providing the quality and quantity of naval history in Pacific Express.” —David H. Grover, CDR USNR (Ret), Author, U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II
From the Author
“I’ve dedicated the third volume in this series to the men and women – military and civilian – who served in logistical support roles for the front line combat personnel in WWII. The story of the vital logistics services supporting the U.S. Armed Forces operating in the Pacific is told—proof positive that warfare is not all blazing combat.” –William L. McGee, Author, Pacific Express
From the Back Cover
“During the first four months of Operation Watchtower, eighty percent of my time was given to logistics. . . . we were living from one logistic crisis to another.” –RAdm Turner, Commander Amphibious Task Force 62
Victory is won or lost in battle, but all military history shows that adequate logistics support is essential to the winning of the battle. In World War II, 16.1 million men and women served in the U.S. Armed Forces. For every one who served in combat, ten served in a support role.
Now under one cover, an edited collection of the best works by noted military historians on the importance of military logistics in WWII. The editors profile many of the major components of the “Pacific express” including:
– U.S. Navy Seabees and U.S. Marine Corps Engineers who built the Advance Bases.
– U.S. Navy crews who manned the amphibious force and Fleet’s floating mobile Service Squadrons throughout the vast reaches of the Pacific.
– U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Naval Armed Guard who manned and defended the thousands of War Shipping Administration cargo ships, transports, and tankers to “Deliver the goods!”
– U.S. Army and civilian (civil service) Transportation Corps personnel who operated most of the Army’s large and small vessels, but were seldom covered by the consumer-oriented media during WWII.
– U.S. Coast Guardsmen who manned hundreds of U.S. Army and Navy long-haul vessels and thousands of battle-loaded amphibious landing ships and craft.
560 pp., 111 b&w photos, 7 maps, 21 figures, tables & charts, plus appendix, notes, bibliography, index, 6” x 9”, ISBN 13: 978-0-9701678-8-0, Softcover: $39.95 (BMC Publications, 2009)