Army & Navy - MARINES: The Spearhaed Sharpened

A new job was created to bring together all the Marine divisions for the final assaults against Japan. Last week Admiral Nimitz announced that tough, kindly Lieut. General Holland M. Smith had been given command of Fleet Marine Forces of the Pacific.

Probably it meant more administration work than field command for "Howlin' Mad" Smith. But he could take it. With Tarawa, Kwajalein, Eniwetok and Saipan behind him, he had commanded more amphibious assaults than any other U.S. general in World War II.

...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!