Marine Amphibious Warfare During World War II

1184 WordsJun 10, 20165 Pages
Marine Amphibious Warfare How did the actions in a particular theater of your choice during World War II represent a continuum of development from either an earlier war or represent a radical departure from the same? From the shores of Tripoli to beaches of Kuwait the innovation and design of the amphibious landing craft(LCPL) has crossed many thresholds occupied by enemies that deemed it formidable by any attempt to utilize as an entry point of invading forces. However, Americans have never taken the road most traveled in means of warfare. America has been seen as a weaker nation since conception of her militarily existence. Yet America has proven time and time again, there is very little tolerance for atrocities committed towards the…show more content…
The (LCPL) used solely by the Marines in the Guadalcanal operation was of poorly design. The sole purpose of the LCPL craft design was to enhance the operation of deploying ground troops and equipment in a combat zone amphibiously in shallow water with sandy bottoms and minimal hard surfaces like rock and coral. It was not designed to with stand rough seas or volcanic coral rock of the Pacific waters. The LCPL exposed troops to small arms gun fire, since the main extraction was to climb over the side of the boat. Thus, improvements were in order to win the war both in the Pacific and the European theater. Though the new and improved LCPL was used at D-day had a ramp opening from the front allowing equipment and men to exit with more cover than its predecessor used in the Guadalcanal amphibious assault. Some of the main issues remained such as rough seas were still and issue. Sadly, many a men did not make it to the shores but were lost at sea. However,
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