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

Author: Bill Sloan
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between September 15 and October 15, 1944, the First Marine Division suffered more than 6,500 casualties fighting on a hellish little coral island in the Pacific. Peleliu was the scene of one of the most savage no-quarter struggles of modern times, one that has been all but forgotten - until now. Drawing on extensive interviews with Marine veterans, Bill Sloan follows a small group of young Americans through this
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sloan, Bill, 1935-
Brotherhood of heroes.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2005
(OCoLC)607579346
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Sloan
ISBN: 0743260090 9780743260091 0743260104 9780743260107
OCLC Number: 57236282
Description: 386 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Old Breed, New Blood --
A Rest Camp from Hell --
The Road to Peleliu --
Sea of Chaos; Isle of Fire --
The White Beaches Turn Red --
A Bloody Nose at the Airfield --
Point of No Return --
Death and Denial --
Hills, Horrors, and Heroes --
North Through Sniper Alley --
Nightmare on Ngesebus --
Picking Satan's Pocket --
A Stinking, Timeless Void --
Lost Leaders and Fallen Friends --
Legion of the Almost-Damned --
Next Stop: Okinawa --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Bill Sloan.
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