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New York: Longmans, Green and Company [The Ward Ritchie Press], 1940. Presumed first edition/first printing. Hardcover. 282,  pages. Includes illustrations (some with color). Illustrated on endpaper. Occasional footnotes. No dust jacket. Cover has some wear and soiling. Foreword by Commander Leland P. Lovette, U.S.N.
Washington, DC: United States Army, Center of Military History, 1993. Commemorative Edition. Trade paperback. xx, , 505 pages, wraps, illus., maps (including 7 color maps in separate map envelope), charts, tables, bibliographical note, glossary, index. Philip A. Crowl (1914-1991) was a military historian who taught at universities and conducted research for the United States government, and also served as an intelligence officer. He earned a doctorate in history from Johns Hopkins University in 1942. He served in the United States Navy, serving from 1942 to 1945 in the Pacific and reaching the rank of lieutenant commander. He was an assistant professor of history from 1945 to 1949. In 1949, Crowl became a civilian historian for the Office of the Chief of Military History of the United States Army in Washington, D.C., and remained in that position until 1957. He then became an intelligence officer for the United States Department of State, serving to 1967. He published many works on military history during this period of his career, including The U.S. Marines and Amphibious War with J. A. Isley (1951), Seizure of the Gilberts and Marshalls with E. G. Love (1955), and Campaign in the Marianas (1961). He made his last career move in 1973, becoming the Ernest J. King Professor of History and chair of the department of strategy at the U. S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He retired professor emeritus in 1980.