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The battle of Peleliu, though certainly not the bloodiest of the Pacific war, was a ghastly ordeal. The rugged hills of the tiny coral island were honeycombed with caves and bunkers whose determined Japanese defenders had to be pried from every nook and cranny at the cost of nearly 10,000 American casualties. Sloan, author of Given Up for Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island, delivers an engrossing grunt's-eye-view of the fighting, structured around personal reminiscences by the Marines who bore the brunt of it. By day, they inched forward with tanks, machine guns, grenades and flame-throwers; by night, they grappled in their foxholes with knife-wielding enemy infiltrators. The author repeatedly salutes the Marines' bravery but allows the horror of war-the loss of friends, the stench of the dead, the torment of thirst and sleep deprivation-to make itself felt: "I had resigned from the human race... I just wanted to kill," recalls one soldier. Sloan maintains enough perspective that the shape of the battle isn't lost amid the action, and he critiques American commanders' conduct of the campaign, which many historians consider a tragic waste of lives on an island that should have been bypassed. His regrettably one-sided account says little about the Japanese experience, and his focus on slogging foot soldiers somewhat distorts the character of the American effort, which relied on massive artillery and airstrikes. Still, he tells a gripping story, full of excitement and pathos, about one of the more hellish struggles of the Second World War. Photos. Agent, Roger Labrie.
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Peleliu is one of the Palau Islands, southeast of the Philippines. In World War II, it was a Japanese base on the road to MacArthur's "return." The island was unsuitable for offensive purposes but was heavily garrisoned and fortified. When the First Marine Division went ashore, its first wave was actually outnumbered by the Japanese, who, instead of making banzai charges, sat in caves, tunnels, and holes and fought until they were killed. In the process, marine casualties ran into five figures and left enough defenders to give the army a hefty mopping-up job. Sloan, author of the excellent Given Up for Dead (2003), about Wake Island, focuses on Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, and draws heavily on interviews with its surviving members. He also casts his net widely enough to offer a detailed, gripping panorama of one of the bloodiest battles of the Pacific War, which may well have been unnecessary. Roland Green
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Provided information I had never known about my uncle...Cpl. David C. McNeel's situation.
He was killed on September 16, 1944.
A no-holds barred look at the one of the bloodiest--and perhaps unnecessary--battles in the WWII Pacific Theater.Published 3 months ago by Jarhead
Very well done. A true picture of what Marines dealt with in the PacificPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
My Dad served in these two battles, I had no idea what he went through. I wish I could talk to him about the book today.Published 5 months ago by Nobody
how did these guys fight like they did? This book explains that and more of how the Old Corp fought and died in the hundreds, well written.Published 6 months ago by Jim Farmer
This book brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. Thinking about the loss of life on both sides of the war - all the boys who never got the chance to live, love and hold a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mickey D