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Very good book well written by the man who commanded the 8th Army in their drive to the Philippines. Easy writing style and excellent flow of action, with just enough descriptions of individuals' actions to provide some humor. Good if you want an objective look at the Army's role in the Pacific war.
This is a very interesting book for anyone interested in history. Along with a map I got on line I was able to follow the narrative. It made it Easier to understand where we were fighting. The General is a good story teller. The number of men killed is appalling. But, when you look the numbers up, Japan faired much worse. It is nice to know he cared about his men so much. All generals are not like that.
Eichelberger was quite possibly our best general in the Pacific theater. Unfortunately, he spent the entire war in shadow of MacArthur and does not get enough credit. The book is not well written but oddly that adds to its compelling nature. General Eichelberger comes across as a self-effacing man who wanted to give credit to his staff and the combat soldiers under his command. He succeeds in that. I have visited Biak and I am quite familiar with the areas of Luzon, Cebu and Mindanao that he describes. These were tough campaigns and his descriptions are poignant reminders of the hell those men went through.
Lt. General Eichelberger was in the thick of the island battles in 1942-1945, as well as being a key comander under MacArthur in occupied Japan between 1945 and 1949. He describes in great detail the difficulties encountered--- and for the most part overcome --- by the American and Australian forces seeking to move the air and naval bases evr-closer to the Japanese home islands. The Pacific war was considerably different, and perhaps cruelest to the American soldiers, than was the war in North Africa and, later, Europe.
Very interesting! He tells the story off the U.S. Army involvement in the Pacific war. Most other histories concentrate on the Navy and Marine Corps. However, it is loaded with all sorts of typo and spelling errors that make it very difficult to read!
I especially liked this biography, because the early fighting in the southwest pacific theater did'nt seem to get much attention. It's certainly true that Gen. Macarthur got plenty of press coverage. But the men who served under him, men such as Gen. Eichelberger deserve tremendous credit. They fought and won victories under extremely difficult conditions. Many people might not be aware of Gen. Eichelbergers exploits, but I think it would be worth their while to read his story. JRV
This is the first good book about the U.S Army in the Pacific area of Operations. It even mentions the Americal Division, which now has a number, The 23rd Inf. Div. I served in the Americal Division during Viet-Nam. R.G. A.
This is a first-hand of the ground war in the New Guinea and the Philippines, written shortly after World War II by one of the top generals in charge of the U.S. Army in the Southwest Pacific. Highly worthwhile reading for any student of WWII in the Southwest Pacific or the Pacific Theater.