For the seventh consecutive year, PACIFIC EXPRESS — THE CRITICAL ROLE OF MILITARY LOGISTICS IN WORLD WAR II, edited by William L. McGee with Sandra McGee, is on the Marine Corps Commandant’s Professional Reading List for Logistics.
The books on the Commandant’s Professional Reading List are selected as most pertinent to critical thinking and professional development at each rank. At minimum, three books per year are required to fulfill annual reading criteria for all active duty and reserve Marines, officer and enlisted.
PACIFIC EXPRESS is Volume III in the AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC IN WWII series. Under one cover is an edited collection of the best works by noted military historians on the importance of military logistics in World War II, profiling the many major components that made up the “Pacific express” in WWII.
The book is dedicated 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.
“Victory is won or lost in battle, but all military history shows that adequate logistics support is essential to the winning of battles.”
–Dan A. Kimball, Secretary of the Navy, 6 Feb 1952