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By Ron on 02-02-08
Takes you into the mud and death
The Ultimate battle is the story of the invasion of Okinawa, the last major battle of the second world war, also the costliest in terms of casualties. The author gives the overall story of both the American offensive strategy as well as the Japanese defense. Yet he still brings in the individual stories of the Marines, Sailors and Soldiers who did the actual fighting. Overlying the tales of heroism is the fear that this was only to be a prelude to an even deadlier battle to come - the invasion of the Japanese home islands. The battle for Okinawa was like no other battle in the war; "The Ultimate Battle" brings that home in a gripping and telling manner that deserves to be heard.
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By T. Graham on 04-11-17
Among the very best about war in the Pacific!
Had an uncle and two first cousins (both old enough to have been my parent) who faught in the Pacific; all wounded in battles. Another uncle was MIA in North Africa. I very much appreciate books such as this one that do an exemplary job of documenting the horrors of war and honoring the sacrifices of "The Greatest Generation."
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