LST Description and Employment

I’ve written a time or two about what versatile ships the Landing Ship Tank was during World War II. How important was the LST? Well, the Navy bought more than twice  as many LSTs as it did destroyers.  With about 1100 LSTs in service, and a crew of over 100 per ship, that’s about as much manpower as the entire US Navy had in 1939.  Virtually all the sailors aboard them were absolutely new to the sea and the service. So training the crews was just as important as building the ships themselves.  Cutting edge (for the early 1940s) educational tools were used to quickly train up the crews of neophyte sailors. One of the most common tools was the training film. Here’s the introduction to the LST training films, with a description, and brief discussion of the employment of the ship. It’s about 40 minutes total.

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URR, I’d love to hear your take on how combat load planning has changed (or stayed the same) in the years since.