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Re: Red One LVTs
Wed Sep 12, 2018 19:34

Given the troop capacities of the amtracs and the need for unit cohesion on landing I can only think that squads and platoons were boated in the boldly numbered amtracs with additional 'boat group' placards displayed so that they could hope to stay together even across waves as much as possible. I have seen video of the tractors in column sequentially as they approached the 'Line of Departure' I would suppose so that units could land together. Of course with a number of the LVT-1s breaking down at the assembly area and transfers required some confusion may have started right there. Then of course the murderous enemy fire killing and distracting amtrac drivers on the reef did not help matters.

  • Re: Red One LVTsTom Godwin, Wed Sep 12 18:15
    Good point, George. Thank you. I know that H Co 2/2 had men in the later waves as well as HQ 2/2. Is there any detail available that shows that rifle companies like E Co 2/2 were separated across... more
    • Re: Red One LVTs — George E Proulx, Wed Sep 12 19:34
      • Re: Red One LVTsTom Godwin, Wed Sep 12 23:28
        Cohesion would have been important but however they lined up in the waves, it appears that things went astray fast for E Co 2/2 and much of 3/2. E Co 2nd platoon's tracs were all separated. One ended ... more
        • Re: Red One LVTssfreund61, Fri Sep 14 14:27
          A few screen shots from the films I have of the landings
          • Re: Screen shotsTom Godwin, Sat Sep 15 12:43
            Thanks Scott, I had been looking at the lineups where LVTs appear to be following one after the other going to the LOD. Once ordered to move in, I understood they basically made a right turn and then ... more
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