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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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Gene Eric Salecker lives near Chicago, Illinois.
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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: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Salecker's book fills a huge gap in Airborne history. It is remarkable how the author was able to fit all the essential information together into a single book less than 400 pages in length. I found his Epilogue to be especially interesting, especially his analysis of successful and unnecessary combat jumps, as well as his qualified thoughts on why there were no "mass-division jumps" as there were in the European Theater. Salecker clearly meant the book to fill in those gaps of history of the smaller combat jumps, such as Tagaytay Ridge and Noemfoor (which has only been treated in brief paragraphs in most of the literature). While most of the major jumps in the Pacific, such as Corregidor and Los Banos have been covered by such excellent authors as Edward Flanagan, Salecker has provided for the first time a more comprehensive history of the all the airborne operations in the Pacific (both Japanese and American) during WWII in one book. If the reader wants more of a personal experience of the combat jumps and actions in the Pacific during WWII, I would suggest that all he has to do is go to the excellent bibliography at the end of Salecker's book and he will find a variety of personal accounts in the books by Edward Flanagan on the 11th Airborne and the 503rd PRCT, such as: "The Angels, The History of the 11th Airborne; Corregidor: the Rock Force Assault; The Los Banos Raid: The 11th Airborne Jumps at Dawn; and The Rakkasans: The Combat History of the 187th Airborne Infantry." General Edward Flanagan was a combat veteran with the 11th Airborne and probably had more access to the veteran paratroopers of the Pacific than anyone else as a writer.Read more ›
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Enlightening well written book. As a former Paratrooper 3/325 (RECON), 82nd ABN, and also a Combat Vet. It was great to read about our Brothers who blazed the trail, and set the highest of all Military standards. The Valor of the Paratroopers in the Pacific Theatre, are sadly usually overlooked. The section on Japanese airborne troops was also very interesting, and the first time I ever read anything about them.
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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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