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Blossoming Silk Against the Rising Sun: U.S. and Japanese Paratroopers at War in the Pacific in World War II (Stackpole Military History Series) Paperback – August 17, 2010


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Product Details

  • Series: Stackpole Military History Series
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books; paperback / softback edition (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811706575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811706575
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc L. Tavasci on February 6, 2013
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I was excited about reading this book since there's very little about U.S. airborne forces in the Pacific during World War II, and virtually nothing (as far as I know) about Japanese airborne operations during the war. This book attempts to fill that void and does a fair job...but falls short.

The author goes into great detail about the equipment used by both sides, which is informative, but he sometimes repeats himself so you end up getting the same equipment breakdown more than once. He also seems to try and name every single unit involved in every action, which is also informative, but tends to lose the reader in a mass of different numbers. However, I feel the main fault of this book is the lack of detail from the personal side. I can understand not having much in the way of personal recollections by Japanese soldiers since most probably died during the war or the records of their actions were lost somewhere in the conflict. But there should be much more personal information available from the American side of the story, and sadly this is lacking. There are bits here and there in the book, but oftentimes the author gives vague, statistical overviews of battles and encounters. Dammit man, give me some action! I don't want to hear about this unit suffering X amount of casualities while killing Y amount of enemy troops. I want to know what the men behind those numbers were experiencing, how they felt, what they saw, not some stat sheet like a baseball boxscore.

Overall, I'd say this book is a good start for airborne operations in the Pacific, but only a start. Too many holes to fill in with details.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Schneider on December 4, 2011
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A neat little book about US and Japanese Airborne Operations during World War 2. The author takes his time to explain and create a complete book, something missing in the world of Airborne operations.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PfcRossi on November 30, 2010
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It's a very complete and specific book about US and Japanese Paratroopers in the PTO during WWII, with pictures and clear maps of the operations treated in it
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It has chapters about Japanese airborne warfare that you haven`t read about before.
And the second "Cabanatuan", involving both US airborne troops and Filipino guerillas. The raid on Los Banos prison camp is mostly forgotten because the flag raising on Iwo Jima happende on the same date as the raid, 23 february 1945.
Definitely recommende if you want to know more about airborne warfare in the Pacific.
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