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Crisis in the Pacific : the battles for the Philippine Islands by the men who fought them

Author: Gerald Astor
Publisher: New York : Donald I. Fine Books, 1996.
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In Crisis in the Pacific acclaimed historian Gerald Astor draws on the raw experiences of marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen under fire - from generals and admirals to correspondents, line officers and enlisted men on both sides of the battle lines - to present a view of the critical struggle for the Philippines, the keystone to Japanese domination of the Pacific and to ultimate Allied victory. These accounts,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives
Oral history
Personal narratives, American
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Astor, Gerald, 1926-2007.
Crisis in the Pacific.
New York : Donald I. Fine Books, 1996
(OCoLC)603761052
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Astor
ISBN: 1556114842 9781556114847
OCLC Number: 33817940
Description: xiii, 478 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
First strikes --
Backdrop --
Opening rounds --
The hammer falls --
The Japanese invade --
Retreat --
The siege of Bataan begins --
The rock --
Bataan begins to crumble --
The second line --
Bataan falls --
The death march --
Corregidor falls --
Prisoners of war --
First steps to return --
On the brink --
Red beach --
White, orange, blue, violet, and yellow --
The battle of Leyte Gulf --
The kamikazes --
Leyte secured --
S-day, the Lingayen Gulf invasion --
The Manila plan --
The battle for Manila --
Beyond Manila --
The other islands and the end --
Mopping up --
Roll call.
Responsibility: Gerald Astor.

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In Crisis in the Pacific acclaimed historian Gerald Astor draws on the raw experiences of marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen under fire - from generals and admirals to correspondents, line officers and enlisted men on both sides of the battle lines - to present a view of the critical struggle for the Philippines, the keystone to Japanese domination of the Pacific and to ultimate Allied victory. These accounts, many published here for the first time, are dramatic and graphic, brutal and awe-inspiring. Ranging from the diplomatic and nursing corps' experience of the Japanese conquest and occupation of the islands, to the Bataan death march and first-hand accounts of war crimes inflicted by the Japanese on prisoners of war, to the final push for the hills of Mindanao, Crisis in the Pacific is the first complete history, told in the words of the men and women who were there, of one of the most crucial battlegrounds of World War II.

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