Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces

Uniforms and Equipment 1937-45

By Gary Nila; Robert A. Rolfe; T. Chong (Illustrator)
(Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781846031007, 48pp.)

Publication Date: June 2006

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The spearhead of Japan's assault landing operations both in China pre-Pearl Harbor, and in US and British territory post-Pearl Harbor, was provided by the Special Naval Landing Forces - 12 numbered battalion-size Imperial Japanese Navy units. They garrisoned a number of the islands which the US Marines then had to re-claim in some of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War of World War II (1939-1945). These included the infamous battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the elite force which has never before been examined in such detail in English, covering weapons and equipment as well as uniform and insignia.

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