Date of Award

Spring 1986

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Willard C. Frank

Committee Member

Patrick Rollins

Committee Member

Carl Boyd

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H47M44


The Fleet Landing Exercises conducted by the United States Marine Corps in conjunction with the Navy and Army were some of the most significant military exercises conducted in American history. This thesis analyzes the seven exercises conducted between 1935 and 1941 to see how field testing affected amphibious doctrine, organization, and equipment development. This study summarizes the successes and failures of each exercise in regard to the evolution of a strong tactical doctrine, the training of a cadre of officers and men, and the development of the equipment vital to perform the amphibious mission. Primary information is largely drawn from official United States Navy and Marine Corps documents.


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