The Emergence of American Amphibious Warfare, 1898�1945

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The Emergence of American Amphibious Warfare, 1898–1945 examines how the United States became a military superpower through the use of amphibious operations. While other major world powers pursued and embraced different weapons and technologies to create different means of waging war, the United States was one of the few countries that spent decades training, developing, and employing amphibious warfare to pursue its national interests.

Commonly seen as dangerous and costly, amphibious warfare was carefully modernized, refined, and promoted within American political and military circles for years by a small motley group of military mavericks, intellectuals, innovators, and crackpots. This generational cast of underdogs and unlikely heroes were able to do the impossible by predicting and convincing America’s leadership how the United States should fight World War II.

David Nasca reveals that despite the new ways that states have to project military power today as seen with airpower, nuclear weapons, cyber warfare, and special operators, amphibious warfare has proven to be the most important element in transforming the theater of battle. In understanding how amphibious warfare allowed the United States to achieve geopolitical supremacy, competitor states are now looking at America’s amphibious past for clues in how to challenge the United States’ global leadership and expand its power and influence in the world.

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“David Nasca’s recent book, The Emergence of American Amphibious Warfare, 1898-1945, brilliantly describes the process whereby American amphibious warfare grew from ad hoc landing operations by a ship's company to a decisive factor in the outcome of major wars, as exemplified by World War II and beyond— highly recommended for all students of military arts and sciences.” —Gary J. Ohls, author of American Amphibious Warfare: The Roots of Tradition to 1865; professor, U.S. Naval War College (Ret.)
“Following the 1915 British debacle at Gallipoli, most military strategists were convinced that amphibious warfare as operational art was going nowhere fast. At long last, historian David S. Nasca successfully chronicles why America decided to stick with the concept and eventually was able to perfect it during World War II. Nasca is quick to point out the role that the development of specialized amphibious warfare technology – something the British clearly lacked at Gallipoli – played in the WWII success of the United States in both the European and Pacific theaters. A great lesson for modern-day strategists to remember.” —Charles P. Neimeyer, Ph.D. Director, USMC History Division (Ret.)
“Mr. Nasca's book The Emergence of American Amphibious Warfare, 1898 - 1945 not only explains how the United States became a superpower in amphibious warfare – but also why amphibious warfare will be so vitally important in the 21st Century. Global major power competition will undoubtedly continue to shape the contours of both amphibious warfare and geopolitics.” —Maj. Gen. Carl Jensen, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)

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