Crucible Of Hell: Okinawa - Stalingrad of the Pacific

Crucible Of Hell: Okinawa - Stalingrad of the Pacific by Saul David


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9780008342524
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Paperback
Pages
464
Dimensions
153 x 234mm

From award-winning historian Saul David, an action-packed and powerful new narrative of the Battle of Okinawa – one of the greatest battles to take place across air, land and sea, and one of the most extraordinary, unusual episodes of the Second World War. For the ferocity of the fighting, the loss of life on both sides, and the pivotal, war-ending potential of its outcome, the assault on Okinawa had no match. Named ‘Operation Iceberg' by the Americans leading the campaign against the Japanese island and ‘typhoon of steel' afterwards for the overwhelming clash of soldiers, the battle was the bloodiest of the Second World War's action in the Pacific. Of the 300,000 pre-war population of Okinawa, around half were killed, committed suicide, or went missing. On the US Navy's side, the dead exceeded the wounded.Saul David delivers fierce military action from both sides with masterful, close attention, weaving through the remarkable and dreadful features of the battle: the brutal barrage of the kamikaze attacks, which the Imperial Army believed would deter the American forces; the precedents it set for Japanese conscription as thousands of boys as young as fourteen were mobilized for guerrilla warfare; and the terrible circumstances of mass suicide by Japanese civilians, who as defeat loomed were encouraged by soldiers and handed grenades to use on their families.Saul David captures the action of the battle, drawing together gut-dropping first-hand narrative accounts with impeccable research to illuminate this shocking episode of history that is too often forgotten amidst Western-centric narratives of the Second World War.
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From award-winning historian Saul David, an action-packed and powerful new narrative of the Battle of Okinawa – one of the greatest battles to take place across air, land and sea, and one of the most extraordinary, unusual episodes of the Second World War. For the ferocity of the fighting, the loss of life on both sides, and the pivotal, war-ending potential of its outcome, the assault on Okinawa had no match. Named ‘Operation Iceberg' by the Americans leading the campaign against the Japanese island and ‘typhoon of steel' afterwards for the overwhelming clash of soldiers, the battle was the bloodiest of the Second World War's action in the Pacific. Of the 300,000 pre-war population of Okinawa, around half were killed, committed suicide, or went missing. On the US Navy's side, the dead exceeded the wounded.Saul David delivers fierce military action from both sides with masterful, close attention, weaving through the remarkable and dreadful features of the battle: the brutal barrage of the kamikaze attacks, which the Imperial Army believed would deter the American forces; the precedents it set for Japanese conscription as thousands of boys as young as fourteen were mobilized for guerrilla warfare; and the terrible circumstances of mass suicide by Japanese civilians, who as defeat loomed were encouraged by soldiers and handed grenades to use on their families.Saul David captures the action of the battle, drawing together gut-dropping first-hand narrative accounts with impeccable research to illuminate this shocking episode of history that is too often forgotten amidst Western-centric narratives of the Second World War.
ISBN:
9780008342524
Publication Date:
23 / 03 / 2020
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
153 x 234mm

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