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82 Days on Okinawa: One American's Unforgettable Firsthand Account of the Pacific War's Greatest Battle (utgåvan 2021)

av Art Shaw (Författare)

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"A gritty, first-person account. ... One can hear Shaw's voice as if he were sitting beside you." --Wall Street Journal An unforgettable soldier's-eye view of the Pacific War's bloodiest battle, by the first American officer ashore Okinawa.  On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, 1.5 million men gathered aboard 1,500 Allied ships off the coast of the Japanese island of Okinawa. The men were there to launch the largest amphib­ious assault on the Pacific Theater. War planners expected an 80 percent casualty rate. The first American officer ashore was then-Major Art Shaw (1920-2020), a unit commander in the U.S. Army's 361st Field Artillery Battalion of the 96th Infantry Division, nicknamed the Deadeyes. For the next three months, Shaw and his men served near the front lines of the Pacific's costliest battle, their artillery proving decisive against a phantom enemy who had entrenched itself in the rugged, craggy island. Over eighty-two days, the Allies fought the Japanese army in a campaign that would claim more than 150,000 human lives. When the final calculations were made, the Deadeyes were estimated to have killed 37,763 of the enemy. The 361st Field Artillery Battalion had played a crucial role in the victory. The campaign would be the last major battle of World War II and a key pivot point leading to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to the Japanese surrender in August, two months after the siege's end. Filled with extraordinary details, Shaw's gripping account gives lasting testimony to the courage and bravery displayed by so many on the hills of Okinawa.… (mer)
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Titel:82 Days on Okinawa: One American's Unforgettable Firsthand Account of the Pacific War's Greatest Battle
Författare:Art Shaw (Författare)
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2021), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:military history, WW2

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Harrowing account of Army Major Art Shaw on Okinawa in 1945. Major Shaw was the first American officer on the island and one of the last to leave in January 1946. This memoir recounts all of the back and fourth of the conquest of the island. Lots gains and losses of small patches of ground in small uint actions. At points it reads like a Civil War battle with bayonet charges and hand-to-hand combat. Terrifying moments, including Japanese ambushes and night attacks. Major Shaw is very candid about fears of combat and the heartbreaking losses that the soldiers in the 96th "Deadeye" division endured. He speaks about the post-war effects in the last chapter, although, honestly, I would have preferred more on that aspect. ( )
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"A gritty, first-person account. ... One can hear Shaw's voice as if he were sitting beside you." --Wall Street Journal An unforgettable soldier's-eye view of the Pacific War's bloodiest battle, by the first American officer ashore Okinawa.  On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, 1.5 million men gathered aboard 1,500 Allied ships off the coast of the Japanese island of Okinawa. The men were there to launch the largest amphib­ious assault on the Pacific Theater. War planners expected an 80 percent casualty rate. The first American officer ashore was then-Major Art Shaw (1920-2020), a unit commander in the U.S. Army's 361st Field Artillery Battalion of the 96th Infantry Division, nicknamed the Deadeyes. For the next three months, Shaw and his men served near the front lines of the Pacific's costliest battle, their artillery proving decisive against a phantom enemy who had entrenched itself in the rugged, craggy island. Over eighty-two days, the Allies fought the Japanese army in a campaign that would claim more than 150,000 human lives. When the final calculations were made, the Deadeyes were estimated to have killed 37,763 of the enemy. The 361st Field Artillery Battalion had played a crucial role in the victory. The campaign would be the last major battle of World War II and a key pivot point leading to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to the Japanese surrender in August, two months after the siege's end. Filled with extraordinary details, Shaw's gripping account gives lasting testimony to the courage and bravery displayed by so many on the hills of Okinawa.

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