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The Resource Brotherhood of heroes : the Marines at Peleliu, 1944 : the bloodiest battle of the Pacific War, Bill Sloan

Brotherhood of heroes : the Marines at Peleliu, 1944 : the bloodiest battle of the Pacific War, Bill Sloan

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Brotherhood of heroes : the Marines at Peleliu, 1944 : the bloodiest battle of the Pacific War
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Brotherhood of heroes
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the Marines at Peleliu, 1944 : the bloodiest battle of the Pacific War
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Bill Sloan
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  • The intensive struggle for the Pacific island of Peleliu from September to October 1944 cost its Japanese defenders 11,000 soldiers and the attacking U.S. Marines over 6500 casualties. Despite these high figures, the Battle of Peleliu remains relatively unknown to all but scholars of World War II in the Pacific. Sloan (Given Up for Dead: America's Heroic Stand at Wake Island) , a former reporter, redresses that situation. He enables his readers to experience the violent struggle at Peleliu through the eyes of veterans from K Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, one small unit of a Marine regiment from the historic 1st Marine Division that was sent there. The accounts of the 24-hour-a-day close combat between two forces who were literally fighting to the death are riveting. To counterbalance his concentration on the battle's effects upon a small unit, Sloan explains the strategic aspects of Peleliu and the background to the action. Devotees of personal war narratives will be intrigued by the stories from this exceptionally violent battle. Those readers interested in the longstanding question of whether the battle should ever have been fought, a matter of specialist debate from the moment the first shot was fired, may be disappointed that Sloan takes the middle ground between the opposing points of view. Recommended for academic and public libraries.—John R. Vallely, Siena Coll. Lib., Londonville, NY --John R. Vallely (Reviewed June 1, 2005) (Library Journal, vol 130, issue 10, p150)
  • A well-rendered account of Marines in combat on what must have been some of the worst acreage on earth.The battle to take Peleliu, a scrubby island 600 miles east of Mindanao, was something of an accident of history. The Japanese had arrived there in the 1930s to establish an outpost for what was to become their short-lived Pacific empire, and they had had plenty of time to dig in and make a fortress of the five-square-mile island. But it was the destruction of the huge Japanese base at Truk, 500 miles east, that made Peleliu essential to the Japanese; writes Sloan (Given Up for Dead, 2003, etc.), it forced the Japanese combined fleet command to establish a new headquarters in the Palau archipelago, putting Peleliu in the line of fire. There were worse places: the Marines slated to attack Peleliu had previously done duty at a nasty little island called Pavavu, overrun by rats and land crabs, and many of them went mad or committed suicide before seeing the next big battle. (To his credit, Bob Hope put Pavavu on his USO circuit, a big morale booster for the men there.) That next big battle was, Sloan argues, unnecessary. Peleliu's offensive capacity had been obliterated by U.S. bombing raids, and it posed no threat to Douglas MacArthur's return to the Philippines. Even the Japanese command declared Peleliu's garrison "expendable," and the ranking officer there knew "that his troops' only remaining mission was to mount as tenacious a defense as possible if and when the American landing came." It did, and they did; it took a full month of close combat to rout the Japanese, at a cost of 6,500 Marines—and, as Sloan notes, at the staggering cost of more than 1,500 rounds of ammunition to kill each of the 10,000 Japanese who died at Peleliu.By Sloan's lights, Peleliu is perhaps the biggest unknown battle of the Pacific War—unknown, perhaps, because pointless. A lively reconstruction that does honor to the men who fought it. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2005)
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Sloan, Bill
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  • Peleliu, Battle of, Palau, 1944
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the Marines at Peleliu, 1944 : the bloodiest battle of the Pacific War
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Brotherhood of heroes : the Marines at Peleliu, 1944 : the bloodiest battle of the Pacific War, Bill Sloan
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-368) and index
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386 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
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Brotherhood of heroes : the Marines at Peleliu, 1944 : the bloodiest battle of the Pacific War, Bill Sloan
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-368) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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510516
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25 cm
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386 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780743260091
Lccn
2004065316
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations, maps, portraits
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  • (Sirsi) i9780743260091
  • (Sirsi) ADS-0195

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