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Iwo Jima Recon: The U.S. Navy at War, February 17, 1945 [Paperback]

Dick Camp

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March 9 2007 At War
This book is the first to tell the story of the unknown battle for Iwo Jima-the heroic fight by the reconnaissance forces sent ahead to scout for underwater obstacles and mines and ascertain landing conditions. Drawing on first-person accounts, deck logs, and after-action reports, Dick Camp tells how four Navy Underwater Demolition Teams and twenty-two Marine observers-backed by battleships Tennessee and Nevada, a cruiser, several destroyers, and twelve Landing Craft Infantry ships configured as gunboats-battled it out against the heavy guns of the Japanese to save the actual landing on February 19, 1945.

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Leatherneck Magazine, April 2007

"Iwo Jima Recon tells the chilling account of our daring reconnaissance Marines and U.S. Navy frogmen, and the supporting gunboat flotilla, that cleared the way for Marines to land on that tiny sulfuric island just two days prior to D-day. Colonel Dick Camp, USMC (Ret), author of the recent works Leatherneck Legends and Battleship Arizona’s Marines at War, has produced another well-documented, -researched and -compiled must-read edition.
 
Replicating the winning formula used in these two volumes, he carefully pieced together Navy after-action reports and eyewitness accounts, all suitably supported by numerous never-before-published photos. The resulting combination brings the reader up close to the opening shots of the fiery fray that was the battle for Iwo Jima.
Superbly written and studded with newly uncovered photos, Iwo Jima Recon beckons us to join the UDT Iwo Jima reconnaissance force. It truly can be said that the horrendous battle for Iwo commenced, with vigor, on Feb. 17, two days before the first Marine landed. During WW II, Underwater Demolition Teams, forerunners of today’s SEAL teams, proved to be a great assist to invasion planners and to the Marines who safely splashed ashore."


Leatherneck Magazine, April 2007

“Colonel Dick Camp, USMC (Ret), author of the recent works Leatherneck Legends and Battleship Arizona’s Marines at War, has produced another well-documented, -researched and -compiled must-read edition.

 

“Superbly written and studded with newly uncovered photos, Iwo Jima Recon beckons us to join the UDT Iwo Jima reconnaissance force. It truly can be said that the horrendous battle for Iwo commenced, with vigor, on Feb. 17, two days before the first Marine landed.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Midwest Book Review, April 2007
"Iwo Jima Recon is packed with vintage photos and moment-by-moment details of the recon actions before the invasion, and is essential for any in-depth collection including coverage of Iwo Jima events."

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Before the flag could be raised, before the invasion could be staged . . . there was the Iwo Jima recon. On February 17, 1945—two days before the invasion—four U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Teams of about a hundred men each and twenty-two Marine observers scouted the waters around Iwo Jima and went ashore to determine if the soil would support vehicles. The swimmers wore nothing more than their trunks, swim fins, goggles, and knives, along with some camouflage paint and a coat of grease to protect against the 59 degree water.

 

Supported by battleships Tennessee and Nevada, a cruiser, several destroyers and aircraft, and twelve Landing Craft Infantry gunboats, they approached the shore as the Japanese opened fire. Nine of the thin-skinned gunboats suffered heavy damage, one sank, and the rest survived with moderate damage. Forty-three seamen were killed and almost two hundred wounded, 40 percent of the men engaged. Of the twelve gunboat captains, nine received the Navy Cross and one the Medal of Honor. Using eyewitness accounts, after-action reports, and over one hundred photographs, Iwo Jima Recon brings to life this little-known story of courage above and beyond the call of duty.

 

 


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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for any in-depth collection April 18 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Before the Marines landed there was the recon of Iwo Jima, a pre-invasion battle which superceded Iwo Jima's events and which surprisingly has never been fully explored, until now. IWO JIMA RECON is packed with vintage photos and moment-by-moment details of the recon actions before the invasion, and is essential for any in-depth collection including coverage of Iwo Jima events.

Diane C. Donovan

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3.0 out of 5 stars could have been much more informative April 1 2014
By William Pearson - Published on Amazon.com
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Good pictures but very little personal input from anyone who lived through the experience. More a review of the military records.
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Excellent Oct. 18 2013
By Bill McConnell - Published on Amazon.com
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The story line is fantastic. You get to see the enormity of all of the planning that went into the scheduling of all facets of invasion. The writing style is the only reason I did not give it five stars - witing an electric story without electric reading leaves the reader wanting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Happy Dec 3 2011
By Junglemike - Published on Amazon.com
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Book is in perfect condition-got it promptly at a cheap price and it will be a valuable addition to my research library. I'm very happy
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