After Pearl Harbor the Navy was always afraid of another ambush. They repeatedly cut short bombardment and rushed the Marines in to take heavy casualties. Tarawa is one place a fire support base could have been used easily and why not? They used it as such with the 10th Marines and 75mm pack howitzers. Why not use 105s?
By the time Tarawa occurred the war of attrition in the Solomons had left the Japanese poorly prepared to respond at such a great distance.
The GALVANIC operation did not use pre-positioned fire support bases on nearby small islands for valid reasons. The Japanese still posed a significant naval threat, and indeed their plan was simply... more
Re: Reason for tactics Anonymous,Sat Dec 24 08:46
to note that the Gilberts had to be taken. US carrier forces were never strong enough to project enough power, nor did they have adequate staying power to achieve uncontested air superiority or... more
I believe that both the Gilberts and the Marshalls could have been bypassed for the Marianas. The Gilberts and Marshalls were not easily supplied. Fighter raids would have destroyed air power in the... more