In this issue of Naval History we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in an unorthodox way. Instead of concentrating on the final climactic events of the Pacific War, we are using the occasion to reflect, from a Sea Services perspective, on certain aspects of the entire conflict.
We were fortunate to get historian Richard B. Frank, author of Guadalcanal and Downfall, to write on short notice our World War II package's centerpiece article, which focuses on an underappreciated aspect of the war. Led by the U.S. sea services, amphibious warfare came of age during World War II and, according to Frank, was the Western Allies' key to victory. To lend a Marine private's "hitting-the-beach" perspective to his sweeping article, we include an account by the late Eugene Sledge of his D-day landing on Peleliu. Sledge, of course, wrote the classic combat book With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa, but this recollection was excerpted from his 1994 Proceedings article.