This book focuses on several climactic battles of the Second World War in the Pacific. The struggle against fascism was all but over, but a battle of horrible proportions loomed in the Pacific as Japan was prepared to sacrifice her entire population to repel an anticipated invasion of the home islands by American forces unfamiliar with total war by an enemy.
The Final Push details the people and history behind many of the American campaigns such as Saipan and Okinawa, two islands whose conquest signaled the beginning of the end for the Japanese Empire. American forces first witnessed the mass suicide of Japanese soldiers and civilians who preferred death to the dishonor of defeat at American hands. The fierceness of the resistance and the ancient attitude toward self sacrifice shown here not only concerned the generals and admirals but the privates who slugged it up and down the hills of Okinawa and who were slated to be part of the invasion of Japan slated for November 1, 1945. History buffs both armchair and serious will enjoy this objective look at the American soldiers experience during the final days of World War II. The men here are shown with raw emotions from fear to fearless. The personal style of writing brings these men into your head where it’s hard to get them out, if you want to.
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