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Crucible of hell : the heroism and tragedy of Okinawa, 1945 / Saul David

David, Saul, 1966- (author.).

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  • ISBN: 9780316534673
  • ISBN: 0316534676
  • Physical Description: xi, 423 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Hachette Books, 2020.

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General Note:
"First published in Great Britain in 2020 by William Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc.:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [397]-402) and index
List of illustrations -- Maps -- Prologue: Love day -- "Where's Douglas?" -- Operation Iceberg -- "Everybody go home!" -- The divine wind -- "More concerned with furlough than fighting" -- "I'm going simply because I've got to-and I hate it" -- "I was crying as I did it and she was crying too" -- "Tomorrow is our big day" -- "It was quite a show" -- "There's always some poor bastard who doesn't get word" -- "The smell of burnt flesh hung about for days" -- "War is indeed hell" -- "I could see him floating by, face upward" -- "Gone? She's gone?" -- "They just knocked the heck out of us" -- "I want to marry Shigeko" -- "Harry, the president is dead" -- "His eyes were rolling in panic" -- "Three bullets had ripped into his temple" -- "Progress not quite satisfactory" -- "All Kaitens prepare for launch!" -- "The most terrible weapon" -- "Corpsman!" -- Hacksaw Ridge -- "We will fight to the last man" -- "Doc, this one is worth saving" -- "The happy dream is over" -- Sugar Loaf Hill -- "Hell's own cesspool" -- "I still hear those cries today" -- "The entire enemy line appears to be crumbling" -- "It is terrifying to think about" -- "There is NO tactical thinking or push" -- "I lost damn near all of them" -- "You're just going to have to hang on" -- "We were so gullible, so innocent" -- "We are down to the final kill" -- "I haven't come up to the front to hide" -- "Every man will...fight to the end" -- "Suppose it doesn't go off?" -- "What a splendid last moment!" -- "All he talked about was you" -- "The most terrible thing ever discovered" -- "My God, what have we done?" -- "We were going to live!" -- Epilogue: "Those dark corners are still there".
Summary, etc.:
From the award-winning historian, Saul David, the riveting narrative of the heroic US troops, bonded by the brotherhood and sacrifice of war, who overcame enormous casualties to pull off the toughest invasion of WWII's Pacific Theater -- and the Japanese forces who fought with tragic desperation to stop them.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Japan > Okinawa Island.
World War, 1939-1945 > Campaigns > Pacific Area.
World War, 1939-1945 > Japan.
Okinawa Island (Japan) > History.
HISTORY > Military > World War II.

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