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


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

FREE READ ✓ The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945-The Last Epic Struggle of World War II ☆ The Ultimate Battle is the full story of the last great clash of World War II as it has never before been told With the same grunt's eye view narrative style that distinguished his Brotherhood of Heroes on Kamikazes sworn to sink those ships and two huge armies locked in a no uarter struggle to the death the 541000 GIs and Marines of the US Tenth Army and Japan's 110000 man 32nd Army Woven into the broader narrative in Band of Brothers style are the personal stories of men who endured this epic battle and were interviewed by the author In many cases their experiences are told here in print for the first timeA few days after Japanese defenders surprised American assault troops by allowing them to land virtually unopposed on April 1 1945 scouts of the 96th Division stumbled onto the oute. They gathered in the Kerama Islands now a National Park to invade Okinawa The brass told them to expect worse on the beaches than it was on Iwo and Pelelieu They just could not imagine that But they made wills wrote last letters checked weaponsand then they went How can we imagine such courageAt first it was a walk in the park But the Japanese had deliberately designed the defense as a series of interlocking lines of underground forts and killing zones away from the beaches They would fight to the last man and cost the Americans as many as possible for each of them And they did Once the rain started it was not only a complex set of ambushes and nearly impregnable caves and fortresses built into the rock but a uagmire on top covered with unburied bodies One American officer said If you slipped there was no way of stopping until you slid to the bottom And when you got there your pockets were full of maggotsOn land some 14000 GIs and Marines died The accompanying sea battle was just as bad with the Navy suffering its single greatest loss of life some 12000 due mainly to kamikaze attacksThe Japanese strategy was to make Okinawa so painful as to dissuade the Americans from invading the home islands where they would have to fight not only the military but the population and could expect to lose a million casualties It did not work that way preparations for the invasion continued But Okinawa persuaded Truman to use the atom bomb to try to avoid the invasion That did workSloan gives an almost hour by hour account of this the last battle of World War II often in the form of personal stories told by participants You feel the battle So compelling it is exhausting

The Ultimate Battle Okinawa 1945 The Last Epic Struggle of World War IIKamikazes sworn to sink those ships and two huge armies locked in a no uarter struggle to the death the 541000 GIs and Marines of the US Tenth Army and Japan's 110000 man 32nd Army Woven into the broader narrative in Band of Brothers style are the personal stories of men who endured this epic battle and were interviewed by the author In many cases their experiences are told here in print for the first timeA few days after Japanese defenders surprised American assault troops by allowing them to land virtually unopposed on April 1 1945 scouts of the 96th Division stumbled onto the oute. They gathered in the Kerama Islands now a National Park to invade Okinawa The brass told them to expect worse on the beaches than it was on Iwo and Pelelieu They just could not imagine that But they made wills wrote last letters checked weaponsand then they went How can we imagine such courageAt first it was a walk in the park But the Japanese had deliberately designed the defense as a series of interlocking lines of underground forts and killing zones away from the beaches They would fight to the last man and cost the Americans as many as possible for each of them And they did Once the rain started it was not only a complex set of ambushes and nearly impregnable caves and fortresses built into the rock but a uagmire on top covered with unburied bodies One American officer said If you slipped there was no way of stopping until you slid to the bottom And when you got there your pockets were full of maggotsOn land some 14000 GIs and Marines died The accompanying sea battle was just as bad with the Navy suffering its single greatest loss of life some 12000 due mainly to kamikaze attacksThe Japanese strategy was to make Okinawa so painful as to dissuade the Americans from invading the home islands where they would have to fight not only the military but the population and could expect to lose a million casualties It did not work that way preparations for the invasion continued But Okinawa persuaded Truman to use the atom bomb to try to avoid the invasion That did workSloan gives an almost hour by hour account of this the last battle of World War II often in the form of personal stories told by participants You feel the battle So compelling it is exhausting

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The Ultimate Battle: Okinawa 1945-The Last Epic Struggle of World War II ✓ The Ultimate Battle is the full story of the last great clash of World War II as it has never before been told With the same grunt's eye view narrative style that distinguished his Brotherhood of Heroes on the Battle of Peleliu Bill Sloan presents a gripping and uniuely personal saga of heroism and sacrifice in which at least 115000 soldiers sailors and airmen from both sides were killed as were nearly 150000 civilians caught in the crossfire or encouraged to commit suicide by Japanese troops It is a story set against a panorama of than 1500 American ships nearly two thousand Japanese. My father celebrated his 21st birthday less than a month before Japan attacked Pearl Harbor When Congress declared war he uickly enlisted in the Navy Although he chose to be assigned to the Navy’s Seabees construction battalion he went ashore with the Marines whenever they landed on an island While I know my father was still on Okinawa when the war ended that’s the extent of my knowledge about his time there Like so many men who fought in the war he never said much about his experiences during the war When I came across The Ultimate Battle Okinawa 1945 The Last Epic Struggle of World War II it seemed that this was a good opportunity to discover what it might have been like for my father and his buddies while serving on Okinawa I wasn’t disappointedGoodreads’ author page describes Bill Sloan as “a respected military historian former newspaper reportereditor and author of than a dozen books” Some people might take exception to calling Sloan a historian Sloan is not an academician He is a freelance writer who was an investigative reporter and feature writer for the Dallas Times Herald before spending moving to the tabloid industry where he served as the editor of the National Enuirer the National Tattler and the Star But I won’t hold that against him The Ultimate Battle is the story of the last great battle of World War II The Battle of Okinawa codenamed Operation Iceberg began on April 1 1945 with the largest amphibious assault in the Asia Pacific theater of World War II While the three month battle was one of the largest most fiercely fought battles in American history the Americans were stunned by the lack of Japanese resistance when they landed A week passed before they encountered the enemy; but when the fighting started it lasted for three brutal months The US Tenth Army landed 183000 combat troops against 77000 troops of Japan’s 32nd Army supplemented by 40000 Okinawan conscripts Instead of defending the beaches the Japanese commander had located his troops on the island’s mountainous southern third where they had dug a series of interlocking underground tunnels When scouts of the 96th Division stumbled onto the formidable Japanese defenses near Kakazu Ridge fierce fighting erupted that would continue without relief for nearly three monthsThe nature of the Japanese entrenchment “rendered many of the military concepts and tactics employed at Okinawa as obsolete on the battlefield as spears arrows and stone catapults Much of the modern Allied air power and armament was of little use to them This was now an individual infantryman's war with individual American and Japanese solders fighting to the death among the caves and rocks of Okinawa Perhaps this explains why the book is not a traditional military history that focuses on warfare at the highest levels including planning and resource management Instead The Ultimate Battle is told from the perspective of the of the individual soldiers airmen and sailors who participated in the Okinawa campaign Sloan interviewed roughly seventy veterans of the battle in addition to researching other oral histories The result is a series of vignettes covering the campaign that resulted in nearly 50000 American casualties and cost than 100000 Japanese lives This is the story of men pinned down under relentless fire on difficult terrain sailors fighting the flames on ships besieged by kamikazes and airmen in their cockpits fighting off Japanese planes Sloan makes it clear that the fight for Okinawa was so ferocious and the casualties so horrific that it helped to convince President Truman to use the atomic bomb in the hope that it would shorten the war Japan’s defense of Okinawa convinced US leaders that an invasion of the Japanese mainland would lead to massive American casualtiesThe result is a powerfully moving story and uniuely personal account The Ultimate Battle comes as close as any book can to conveying the horrors of the campaign As well written and graphic as this book is it is not without flaws This book is written almost entirely from the American viewpoint; it lacks accounts from Japanese soldiers In addition the book is written for non academics Readers interested in the strategic and tactical issues associated with the battle will probably find the book wanting FREE DOWNLOAD ☆ REFLECTIONSLISBURNLTD.CO.UK é Bill Sloan

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Bill Sloan é 1 FREE READ Rworks of formidable Japanese defenses near Kakazu Ridge where fierce fighting erupted It would continue without respite for nearly three months as American forces used every weapon and strategy at their disposal to break through three cunningly designed Japanese lines of defense each anchored by commanding high ground intricate underground installations and massed artillery When one line was about to be breached the Japanese would slip away to the next one forcing the Americans to repeat the same exhausting and deadly corkscrew and blowtorch assaults all over againMuch of the action. Reading this book I realized how much I knew about the European front and how little I knew about the Pacific front of WW2 I had a vague notion of what the fighting was like on Okinawa but this book perfectly gave me a sense of how exacting a toll that battle really took on our troops The soldiers who are introduced throughout the book give this story a personal touch It is extremely well researched and well written For those looking for a great history book on the Pacific War I would strongly recommend this