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Respected historian Bill Sloan tells the full story of the Battle of Okinawa as it has never been told before, through the eyes of the men in battle. Using the same grunt's-eye-view narrative style of Sloan's acclaimed Brotherhood of Heroes, The Ultimate Battle is the full story of the largest land-sea-air battle ever waged by the United States, a battle whose staggering casualties and take-no-prisoners ferocity led Truman to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. From April through June 1945, more than 250,000 American and Japanese lives were lost, including those of nearly 150,000 civilians who either committed suicide or were caught in the crossfire. This book tells a gripping story of heroism, sacrifice, and death.
©2007 Bill Sloan (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
By theinglebaby23 on 07-03-13

Really enjoyed this book (but one hang up)

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Overall the book was great: well written, covers every aspect of an important historical battle. Only downside was the author's source use. Out of two Marine divisions that fought on the ground, the author only uses a couple sources from K/3/5, 1 Mar Div (the guys from 'The Pacific' TV series that have numerous books written. Not even sure the material was from interviews he conducted personally...), really would like to get more and previously unheard perspectives, rather than those that have already been written.

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