We’re pleased to announce that The Battle for Tinian: Vital Stepping Stone in America’s War Against Japan is now available from Casemate Publishers.
In The Battle for Tinian, author Nathan Prefer recounts the important World War II battle between Japanese soldiers and the United States Marines on the island of Tinian. During this battle, the United States and Japan had learned a few lessons from previous invasions and put them to use. Including the first use of napalm, the attack on the USS Colorado, the Japanese Soldier’s tactic of attacking at night, and the island’s transformation into the world’s biggest airbase for B-29 bombers including the Enola Gay and Boxcar, The Battle for Tinian relays this fascinating, but little known story from beginning to end.
In order to learn more about this important book and battle, we asked author Nathan Prefer a few questions:
Why did you decide to write this book? What prompted you to put this story down on paper?
The question of curiosity is what drew me to this subject. I had served in the Marine Corps Reserve and was assigned to a battalion of the 4′” Marine Division. Naturally, I did some research on the unit’s history and found that while it had a distinguished World War II record, one of its battles was barely mentioned in any of the existing histories available. This encouraged more research, and before long it was apparent that there was a book in here somewhere. The result was this manuscript.
How long did it take you to write it?
It is difficult to state exactly how long this book took to finish. That is because the research phase was broken up by making time for trips to Washington, and to College Park, Maryland, to obtain the records and the photographs. Then there were delays in obtaining hard copy photographs, getting a cartographer to make the maps that I thought would enhance the book, and so forth. In summary, it probably took about two years, with several gaps, to complete the book.
What do you like most about your book? Why should we read it?
I like this book because it tells a story not told before and highlights a successful if difficult American military operation against a professional and prepared enemy force. I would recommend it because it fills a gap in the current history of World War II in the Pacific in that it details how American officers planned military operations, how they were carried out, and how they impacted on future operations. In this case, the capture of Tinian can be linked directly to the end of the war in that the Atomic Bombs were delivered by aircraft flying from the island after its capture and rehabilitation.