[ Read ] ➵ Bloody Okinawa: The Last Great Battle of World War II Author Joseph Wheelan – Vejega.info

[ Read ] ➵ Bloody Okinawa: The Last Great Battle of World War II Author Joseph Wheelan – Vejega.info This book is an excellent account of the greatest battle in the Pacific Theater during World War II Unfortunately, Okinawa has been shuffled to the backstage amidst all the other tumultuous events in 1945, This book was difficult to put down as the reader is drawn into the savagery of both sides in the Okinawa struggle. A Stirring Narrative Of World War II S Final Major Battle The Pacific War S Largest, Bloodiest, Most Savagely Fought Campaign The Last Of Its Kind On Easter Sunday, April Than , US Troops Began Landing On The Only Japanese Home Soil Invaded During The Pacific War Just Miles From Mainland Japan, Okinawa Was To Serve As A Forward Base For Japan S Invasion In The Fall Of Nearly , Japanese And Auxiliary Soldiers Fought With Suicidal Tenacity From Hollowed Out, Fortified Hills And Ridges Under Constant Fire And In The Rain And Mud, The Americans Battered The Defenders With Artillery, Aerial Bombing, Naval Gunfire, And Every Infantry Tool Waves Of Japanese Kamikaze And Conventional Warplanes Sank Warships, Damaged Others, And Killed Nearly , US Seamen When The Slugfest Ended After Days, Than , Enemy Soldiers Lay Dead Along With , US Ground Troops Tragically, Than , Okinawa Civilians Perished While Trapped Between The Armies The Brutal Campaign Persuaded US Leaders To Drop The Atomic Bomb Instead Of Invading Japan Utilizing Accounts By US Combatants And Japanese Sources, Author Joseph Wheelan Endows This Riveting Story Of The War S Last Great Battle With A Compelling Human Dimension Joseph Wheelan has written a very compelling story about one of the largest, and most forgotten battles in American history He follows several units and focuses on how the battle continued into a long, brutal fight where ridges changed hands several times and where the fighting was brutal beyond words The suffering of the soldiers as well as the civilians was just heart breaking and is rendered in a fearful fashion He doesn t make the book gory, doesn t dwell on any names but doesn t ignore th Joseph Wheelan has written a very compelling story about one of the largest, and most forgotten battles in American history He follows several units and focuses on how the battle continued into a long, brutal fight where ridges changed hands several times and where the fighting was brutal beyond words The suffering of the soldiers as well as the civilians was just heart breaking and is rendered in a fearful fashion He doesn t make the book gory, doesn t dwell on any names but doesn t ignore then either Put this down on your must read list especially if you love compelling stories powerful military nonfiction Constant sorrow as I read this book I can only wonder why this seemed so strategically necessary Could not the Americans just waited them out A well written journey to hell in the Pacific As a Civil War buff, I can say this is the bloodiest book I have ever read Not for the faint of heart, but a good one volume book to learn about this important battle My only critique is it leans a little too much on individual heroics which nonetheless are thrilling and a joy to read , and not quite enough on tactics and strategy although a sufficient amount The author is not well versed on small arms, leaving you guessing at what was being use A well written journey to hell in the Pacific As a Civil War buff, I can say this is the bloodiest book I have ever read Not for the faint of heart, but a good one volume book to learn about this important battle My only critique is it leans a little too much on individual heroics which nonetheless are thrilling and a joy to read , and not quite enough on tactics and strategy although a sufficient amount The author is not well versed on small arms, leaving you guessing at what was being used by troops unless they are using flamethrowers, BARs, or Japanese artillery No talk of infantry rifles being used by either side, the type of any heavy or light machine guns, and refers to colt m1911s just as 45s So to help here is a break down The Japanese used mostly bolt action type 99 Arisaka rifles Very rugged and accurate with ballistics between a 303 British and 30 06 8mm mauser Primary medium heavy machine gun was type 92 Shot same round as the bolt action Rate of fire around 400 500rpm which is not terribly fast for this type of gun, but was incredibly reliable and accurate The Japanese answer to the BAR was the type 99 LMG A gun similar in appearance and use to the British Bren, it is arguably the best light machine gun of ww2 For the Americans, it is clear the Nazi s were higher on the priorities list They got what they could get, meaning mostly m1903 bolt action rifles left over from ww1 These were considered to beaccurate and reliable than m1 Garands, and both shot the powerful 30 06, but obviously had much slower rate of fire and held only 5 rounds As the war progressed there wasavailability of different arms, so on Okinawa you see a complete hodgepodge of m1903s, m1 garandes, and m1 carbines There is even a picture of the battle where you can see 3 men standing next to each other and there is one of each gun There was also a smattering of Tommy guns and Grease Guns which were both 45 acp smgs As stated, he does talk about BARs and flamethrowers which were used heavily For their heavy machine gun they used ww1 era m1917s heavy, water cooled, but incredibly reliable with a high rate of fire , and the M1919 This was an air cooled version which, whileprone to overheating, was lighter and did not require large jugs of water to operate The primary sidearm of all U.S forces was the legendary Colt M1911 A beautiful 8 round semi auto pistol firing the 45 acp cartridge, a proven man stopper With the 75th Anniversary coming up next month, This is one of the books I completed on the Battle of Okinawa This details one of the bloodiest and costliest battles fought during World War II The Japanese were willing to fight to the death and even deliberately killed themselves than surrender Many Japanese pilots known as kamikazes deliberately flew their planes loaded with bombs into American battleships inflicting damage and death The war ended after 82 days in which 125,000 Japanese sol With the 75th Anniversary coming up next month, This is one of the books I completed on the Battle of Okinawa This details one of the bloodiest and costliest battles fought during World War II The Japanese were willing to fight to the death and even deliberately killed themselves than surrender Many Japanese pilots known as kamikazes deliberately flew their planes loaded with bombs into American battleships inflicting damage and death The war ended after 82 days in which 125,000 Japanese soldiers died along with 7,500 United States ground troops More than 100,000 Okinawan civilians were killed as well Interesting side note Desmond Doss of the 77th Division received the Medal of Honor for sending many of the wounded soldiers down a cliff for evacuation at Hacksaw Ridge Doss was a medic as well as a Seventh Day Adventist who refused to carry a weapon, but became a medic

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