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Introduction /Origins of the raid /The plan /The raid /Analysis /Further reading /Index

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The 2nd Raider Battalion's daring amphibious raid on the Japanese-occupied Makin Island in August 1942 was intended to divert Japanese reinforcements bound for Guadalcanal and disrupt enemy communications. Although yielding limited results, it was an invaluable test of the innovative training and tactics employed by the Raiders, and a crucial boost to US morale.

About the Author

Gordon L. Rottman entered the US Army in 1967, volunteered for Special Forces, and completed training as a weapons specialist. He served in the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam in 1969-70 and subsequently in airborne infantry, long-range patrol, and intelligence assignments until retiring after 26 years. He was a Special Operations Forces scenario writer at the Joint Readiness Training Center for 12 years and is now a freelance writer, living in Texas. Mark Stacey was born in Manchester in 1964 and has been a freelance illustrator since 1987. He has a lifelong interest in all periods of history, particularly military history, and has specialized in this area throughout his career. He now lives and works in Cornwall.


The author brings an expert but sympathetic analysis to the event, showing the impact of indecision (and wrong decisions) by Car[l]son. [...] There is much here for the wargamer, ideally at say a 1:2 or 1:3 skirmish level [...] This is a good account of the confusion of combat and the critical need for firm leadership. Recommended. (Chris Jarvis, Miniature Wargames, June 2014)

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