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The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945--The Last Epic Struggle of World War II

by Bill Sloan

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If you only read one book about Okinawa, this would be a very strong candidate. Sloane covers all aspects of the long struggle with a deft mix of strategic overview and in depth tactical views at the squad and individual level. After a "stroll in the park" landing and limited early enemy contact, things went down hill fast.
Three well prepared defense lines based upon ridges and hills across the south end of the island were honeycombed with caves with interlocked defensive zones which required almost continual frontal assaults. The casualties were enormous on both sides with companies down to less that single platoon strength and battalions fighting as companies. With 50,000 US, 120,000 Japanese and 150, 000 civilians as casualties during the land battle added to the largest navy battle losses in history at sea served as an ominous portent for an invasion of the Japanese mainland. Strong reinforcement for the decision by President Truman to drop the A-bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ( )
  jamespurcell | Feb 22, 2011 |
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The Ultimate Battle tells the full story of the Battle of Okinawa as it has never been told before, using the same up-close narrative style and "grunt's-eye" view of the action that distinguishes Sloan's Brotherhood of Heroes from other war books. It is a gripping story of heroism, sacrifice, and death in the largest land-sea-air operation in US history. From April to June 1945, more than 250,000 American and Japanese lives were lost (including those of nearly 150,000 civilians who either committed suicide or were caught in the crossfire). It is a story told against a panorama of 1,300 American ships, 1,900 Japanese kamikazes sworn to sink those ships, and two huge armies (the 541,000-member U.S. Tenth Army of GIs and Marines, and Japan's 110,000-man 32nd Army) locked in a no-quarter struggle to the death. But woven into the broader narrative, in Band-of-Brothers style, are the personal stories of men who endured this epic battle - more than sixty of whom were interviewed by the author. In many cases, their experiences are told here in print for the first time.

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This is the full story of the Battle of Okinawa, using the same up-close narrative style and 'grunt's-eye' view of the action that distinguishes Sloan's Brotherhood of Heroes from other war books. It is a gripping story of heroism, sacrifice, and death in the largest land-sea-air operation in US history.… (more)

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