Fourth Marine Division Operations Report - Tinian, 24 July to 1 August 1944
MARINE DIV (4TH) NEW ORLEANS LA
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Preliminary studies and anticipatory planning for the seizure of TINIAN were initiated prior to the execution of the plan for Phase I SAIPAN. Through the medium of conferences with the staff of the Commanding General, Northern Troops and Landing Force, the Division was kept informed of the formulation of decisions and tentative plans. Preparation of the final plan, however, was delayed until completion of the SAIPAN Phase. Upon being advised of the general scheme of maneuver, and before receiving the detailed plan, the Division Staff, RCT and BLT Commanders, and a number of other selected officers were afforded an opportunity to make an aerial reconnaissance of the objective. The plan of the Commanding General, Northern Troops and Landing Force, was received on 13 July. At this time all units of the Division were assembled in their rehabilitation areas, commanders of reinforcing elements and Navy control personnel were readily available, and the problem of coordination was comparatively simple.
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