Pre-war development of US amphibious warfare doctrine; Evolution of amphibious warfare when faced with the realities of WWII in the Pacific; Organization of US Navy amphibious forces; Organization of US Marine and Army landing forces; special task units and their equipment; Command, control and organization of amphibious operations; Specialist transport and equipment; Amphibious assault - the Saipan landings, June 1944
Gordon L Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces and completed training as a weapons specialist. He was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group until reassigned to the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70. A highly respected and established author. Gordon is now a civilian contract Special Operations Forces Intelligence Specialist at the Army's Joint Readiness Center, Ft Polk. Peter Dennis was born in 1950 and, having been inspired by contemporary magazines such as 'Look and Learn', studied illustration at Liverpool Art College. He has since contributed to hundreds of books, predominantly on historical subjects. He is a keen wargamer and modelmaker. He has illustrated several books for Osprey, but this is his first for the Elite series.