Bloody beaches : the Marines at Peleliu by Gordon D Gayle; United States. Marine Corps. History and

By Gordon D Gayle; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division

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The ridges here, as with those on northern Peleliu, stood individually, not as part of complex ridge systems. This denied their defenders opportunities for a mutual defense between cave positions. The attacking companies of 3/5 could use supporting tanks and con- centrate all fire means upon each defensive system, without being taken under fire from their flanks and rear. By nightfall on 28 September, 3/5 had overrun most of the opposition. On 29 September, there was a day of mopping up before Ngesebus was declared secure at 1500.

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