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Blunting the Sword (Jan 1943 - Dec 1943)

Blunting the Sword (Jan 1943 - Dec 1943)

The Pacific Theater of Operations (PTO) was the World War II area of military activity in the Pacific Ocean and the countries bordering it, a geographic scope that reflected the operational and administrative command structures of the American forces during that period. (The other areas of the Pacific War -- the China Burma India Theater, the South-East Asian Theatre, and Manchurian Theatre -- had their own respective command structures, independent of PTO.)

The Pacific Theater of Operations was one of two areas in which the United States initiated offensive combat operations against the Axis in late 1942. This included operations by the 32nd and the 41st Infantry Divisions on New Guinea, the Americal Infantry Division on the Gilbert Islands, and the 1st Marine Division on Guadalcanal. The other area was the Mediterranean Theater of Operations, beginning with Operation Torch in November.

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USMC M4A2 Sherman Medium Tank - D Company, 1st Marine Amphibious Corps Tank Battalion, Tarawa, 1943 USMC M4A2 Sherman Medium Tank - D Company, 1st Marine Amphibious Corps Tank Battalion, Tarawa, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

The M4 Sherman medium tank was regarded by many as the workhorse of the US Army during World War II. In fact, virtually all of the Allied armies employed the Sherman in their armed forces, including the British, who developed an upgunned variant called the "Firefly".

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US M3A1 Half-Track - Bougainville, New Guinea, 1943 US M3A1 Half-Track - Bougainville, New Guinea, 1943 (1:50 Scale)

The best known American halftracks were the M series made as a standardized design by Autocar, Diamond T, International and White. The M series had a similar front end to the White M3A1 Scout Car but used more powerful engines: a 147bhp 6.3-liter White AX in the Autocar, Diamond T, and White, and a 143bhp 1HC in the International.

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Japanese Early Production Type 97 "Chi-Ha" Medium Tank - 5th Company, 17th Tank Regiment, New Guinea, 1943 Japanese Early Production Type 97 "Chi-Ha" Medium Tank - 5th Company, 17th Tank Regiment, New Guinea, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

During the development of the Type 97 Medium Tank, The Japanese decided to call it "Chi" as a code name of sorts for the medium tank.

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USMC LVT-2 Water Buffalo Amtank Amphibious Vehicle - Provisional Company, 193rd Tank Battalion, 27th Infantry Division, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands, November 1943 USMC LVT-2 'Water Buffalo' Amtank Amphibious Vehicle - Provisional Company, 193rd Tank Battalion, 27th Infantry Division, Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands, November 1943 (1:72 Scale)

The Landing Vehicle Tracked (LVT) was a class of amphibious vehicles introduced by the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Army during World War II.

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USMC M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank - 1st Marine Amphibious Corps Tank Battalion, Tarawa, 1943 USMC M4A3 Sherman Medium Tank - 1st Marine Amphibious Corps Tank Battalion, Tarawa, 1943 (1:50 Scale)

By all accounts, the M4 Sherman medium tank was regarded as the workhorse of the US Army during World War II. In fact, virtually all of the Allied armies employed the Sherman in their armed forces, including the British, who developed an upgunned variant called the "Firefly".

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