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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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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.
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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Was there -- never understood a lot of what went on. This surely helped (and had my name in it.)Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
VERY well written work on a subject that has received almost no attention ( U.S. airbornre forces in the Pacific. ) HIGHLY recommended to airborne buffs.Published 8 months ago by HISTORY GOURMET
An excellent history on Airborne operations in the Pacific. I would put it on the reading list for personal assigned to the 503rd PIR and 187th Inf. Has lots of their unit history.Published on January 29, 2013 by J. Ross