The Battle of Okinawa: The Blood and the Bomb

Lyons Press #ad - A landmark text on the greatest land battle of the Pacific War.


Check Six!: A Thunderbolt Pilot's War Across the Pacific

Casemate #ad - Thunderbolts were at first curious to encounter the nimble, battle-hardened Japanese in aerial combat, but soon the American pilots gained skill of their own and their planes proved superior. Check six! is an aviation chronicle that brings the reader into flight, then into the fight, throughout the Pacific War and back.

This work increases the body of knowledge on the critical role of aviation in the Pacific War, as U. S. Bombers on both sides could fall to fighters, but the fighters themselves were eyeball to eyeball, best man win. This work, from someone who was there, captures the combat experience of our aviators in the Pacific, aided by pertinent excerpts from the official histories of units that “Jug” Curran flew with.

Check Six!: A Thunderbolt Pilot's War Across the Pacific #ad - It is a tale of perseverance, as curran flew over 200 combat missions, and with the men of the 348th Fighter Group proved the Thunderbolt’s great capability as they battled their way against a stubborn and deadly foe. There were no mission limits for a pilot in the Pacific during World War II; unlike in Europe, you flew until it was time to go home.

He got his wish to fly the p-47 in the pacific, in new Guinea, going into combat in August 1943, and later helping start the “Black Rams” fighter squadron. The heavy U. S.


Blocking Kampfgruppe Peiper: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Battle of the Bulge

Casemate #ad - Most dangerous to the allies was the German spearhead of the 1st SS Panzer Division led by Jochen Peiper, which aimed to sever the Allied front. Retreat from St. In december 1944 an enormous German army group crashed through the thin American line in the Ardennes forest. During the battle of the Bulge as well as its gallant sacrifice.

The 504th was committed to block the ss advance, and within 48 hours of their arrival Colonel Tucker’s paratroopers were attacking the SS-Panzergrenadiers of Peiper’s battlegroup, eventually forcing them to withdraw. More ferocious fighting ensued as follow-up German units forced a U. S. Army. Caught by surprise, the allies were initially only able to throw two divisions of paratroopers to buttress the collapse—the 82nd Airborne, which was rushed to the area of St.

Blocking Kampfgruppe Peiper: The 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in the Battle of the Bulge #ad - Using never before published diaries, battle reports and interviews with over 100 veterans, letters, a comprehensive account is painted of a triumphant U. S. In adverse weather conditions against the german 9th SS Panzer and 3rd Fallschirmjäger Divisions, the 504th lived up to it’s regimental motto--Strike and Hold.

Regiment in one of the fiercest fought campaigns in the history of the U. S.


Twenty-Two on Peleliu: Four Pacific Campaigns with the Corps: The Memoirs of an Old Breed Marine

Casemate #ad - This made school a challenge, but his hunting, fishing and trapping skills helped put food on his family’s table. As a poor teenager living in a rough area, he got into regular brawls, and he found holding down a job hard because of his wanderlust. After working out west with the ccc, he decided that joining the Marines offered him the opportunity for adventure plus three square meals a day; so he and his brother joined the Corps in 1941, just a few months before Pearl Harbor.

Following boot camp and training, he was initially assigned to various guard units, until he was shipped out to the Pacific and assigned to the 1st Marines. Six months later, his division became the immediate reserve for the initial landing on Okinawa. They encountered no resistance when they came ashore on D+1, but would go on to fight on Okinawa for over six months.

Twenty-Two on Peleliu: Four Pacific Campaigns with the Corps: The Memoirs of an Old Breed Marine #ad - This is the wild and remarkable story of an "old breed" Marine, from his youth in the Great Depression, to his life after the war, his training and combat in the Pacific, told in his own words. Then as a forward observer, he went ashore in one of the lead amtracs at Peleliu and saw fierce fighting for a week before the regiment was relieved due to massive casualties.

On september 15, 1944, the U. S. His first combat experience was the landing at Finschhaven, followed by Cape Gloucester. First marine division landed on a small island in the Central Pacific called Peleliu as a prelude to the liberation of the Philippines.


The Battle of the Bridges: The 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Operation Market Garden

Casemate #ad - A native of arnhem—the site of “the bridge too far”—the author draws on nearly 130 interviews he personally conducted with veterans of the 504th, plus Dutch civilians and British and German soldiers, who here tell their story for the first time. Operation market garden has been recorded as a complete Allied failure in World War II, an overreach that resulted in an entire airborne division being destroyed at its apex.

This book draws on a plethora of previously unpublished sources to shed new light on the exploits of the “Devils in Baggy Pants” by Dutch author and historian Frank van Lunteren. German machine guns and mortars boiled the water on the crossing, but somehow a number of paratroopers made it to the far bank.

On september 20 gavin turned his paratroopers into sailors and conducted a deadly daylight amphibious assault in small plywood and canvas craft across the Waal River to secure the north end of the highway bridge in Nijmegen. Their ferocity thence rolled up the German defenses, and by the end of day the bridge had fallen.

The Battle of the Bridges: The 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Operation Market Garden #ad - The 101st airborne was behind them; the British 1st Airbourne was far advanced. However, within that operation were episodes of heroism that still remain unsung. On september, 1944, the 504th parachute infantry regiment, 82nd airborne Division, floated down across the Dutch countryside, in the midst of German forces, 17, and proceeded to fight their way to vital bridges to enable the Allied offensive to go forward.

Thus began a desperate fight for the Americans to seize it, no matter what the cost.


The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle's Nest - The True Story of the 101st Airborne's Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers

Casemate #ad - But they were an integral part of the U. S. The book does not draw a new portrait of earnest citizen soldiers. After parachuting behind enemy lines in the dark hours before D-Day, the Germans got a taste of the reckless courage of this unit - except now the men were fighting with Tommy guns and explosives, not just bare knuckles.

A brawling bunch of no-goodniks whose only saving grace was that they inflicted more damage on the Germans than on MPs, the English countryside and their own officers, the Filthy 13 remain a legend within the ranks of the 101st Airborne. Throughout the war, however, the heart and soul of the Filthy 13 remained a survivor named Jake McNiece, a half-breed Indian from Oklahoma - the toughest man in the squad and the one who formed its character.

. Mcniece made four combat jumps, was in the forefront of every fight in northern Europe, yet somehow never made the rank of PFC. By the end of the war 30 men had passed through the squad. Since world war ii, the american public has become fully aware of the exploits of the 101st Airborne Division, the paratroopers who led the Allied invasions into Nazi-held Europe.

The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle's Nest - The True Story of the 101st Airborne's Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers #ad - But within the ranks of the 101st, a sub-unit attained legendary status at the time, its reputation persisting among veterans over the decades. Never ones to salute an officer, this squad became singular within the Screaming Eagles for its hard drinking, or take a bath, and savage fighting skill--and that was only in training.

Unknown to the american public at the time, these men were the Filthy 13.


Fighting Fox Company: The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers

Casemate #ad - Easy company of the 506th parachute infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division has become one of the most famous small units in U. S. Together, the two authors proceeded to locate and interview every surviving Fox Company vet they could find. After fighting through normandy the drop into holland saw prolonged ferocious combat, and even more casualties; and then during the Battle of the Bulge, Fox Company took its place in line at Bastogne during one of the most heroic against-all-odds stands in U.

S. The work is also accompanied by rare photos and useful appendices, including rosters and lists of casualties, to give the full look at Fox Company which has long been overdue. The result was a wealth of fascinating firsthand accounts of WWII combat as well as new perspectives on Dick Winters and others of the “Band, ” who had since become famous.

Told primarily through the words of participants, Fighting Fox Company takes the reader through some of the most horrific close-in fighting of the war, beginning with the chaotic nocturnal paratrooper drop on D-Day. From ruthless ss fighters to meek Volkssturm to simply expert modern fighters, the Screaming Eagles encountered the full gamut of the Wehrmacht.

Fighting Fox Company: The Battling Flank of the Band of Brothers #ad - However, to date little has been heard of fox Company of that same regiment—the men who fought alongside Easy Company through every step of the war in Europe, and who had their own stories to tell. Notably this book, over a decade in the making, came about for different reasons than the fame of the “Band of Brothers.

Bill brown, a wwii vet himself, had decided to research the fate of a childhood friend who had served in Fox Company.


Victory in Papua

Brier Publications #ad - Smith, chief of military historysamuel milner was a historian who held a graduate degree in history from the University of Alberta and had done further graduate work in political science at the University of Minnesota. C. Eichelberger, as well as drawing from many Australian sources and historians. Samuel milner’s Victory in Papua, the official U.

S. Costly in casualties and suffering, this campaign taught lessons that the Army had to learn if it was to cope with the Japanese under conditions of tropical warfare. By mid-1942 the japanese forces were threatening to take the colonial capital of Port Moresby and therefore gain a base to launch their proposed invasion of Australia.

The allied forces needed to blunt the Japanese thrust toward Australia and thus protect the transpacific line of communications, as well as to secure a favorable position to take the offensive to the Japanese. Yet this was easier planned than executed; the australians had been battered through two years of combat with their enemies and although the Americans were bringing large numbers of reinforcements, they were living under intolerable conditions, plagued by disease, short of equipment, ill-prepared for jungle fighting, and pitted against a skilled and resolute foe.

Victory in Papua #ad - According to australian military historian, John Laffin, the campaign "was arguably the most arduous fought by any Allied troops during World War II". Milner uncovers every aspect of the campaign in 1942 from its early planning stages through to the many conflicts with Japanese troops that culminated in the brutal Battle of Buna-Gona in early 1943.

His book victory in Papua was first published in 1957. Eichelberger and Military Genius“a solid and valued work.


Blitzkrieg: From the Ground Up

Casemate #ad - Using accounts previously unpublished in english, for example how a company commander led his tanks, military historian Niklas Zetterling explores how they operated, how a crew worked together inside a tank, and the role of the repair services. These doctrines focused on independent action, flexibility, initiative, decentralized decision-making and mobility.

This book focuses on the experience of the enlisted men and junior officers in the Blitzkrieg operations in Poland, Norway, Western Europe and Russia. The conduct of german soldiers, particularly the lower-ranking men, on the battlefield was at the core of the concept and German victories rested upon the quality of the small combat units.

Blitzkrieg: From the Ground Up #ad - The successes of the german Blitzkrieg in 1939–41 were as surprising as they were swift. The author fits these narratives into a broader perspective to give the reader a better understanding of why the Germans were so successful in 1939–41. The false conclusions drawn became myths about the Blitzkrieg that have lingered for decades.

It has been argued that german victories in the early part of the war rested less upon newly developed tanks and aircraft and more on German military traditions: rather than creating a new way of war based on new technology, the Germans fitted the new weapons into their existing ideas on warfare. Allied decision-makers wanted to discover the secret to German success quickly, even though only partial, incomplete information was available to them.


The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die in Battle

Crown #ad - What does the medieval knight have in common with the modern paratrooper? what did heroism and bravery mean to the roman legionary, or to the World War I infantryman—and what is the true motivating power of such ideals? How do men use religion, or even nihilism to armor themselves against impending doom—and what do we as human beings make of the undeniable joy some among us take in the carnage? Combining commanding prose, impeccable research, friendship, and a true sensitivity to the combatant’s plight, The Last Full Measure is both a remarkably fresh journey through the annals of war and a powerful tribute to the proverbial unknown soldier.

In these pages, we march into battle alongside the Greek phalanx and the medieval foot soldier. We hear gunpowder’s thunder in the slaughters of the Napoleonic era and the industrialized killing of the Civil War, and recoil at the modern, automated horrors of both World Wars. In exploring these conflicts and others, period-specific detail—tracing, Stephenson draws on numerous sources to delve deep into fascinating, the utility of the cavalry charge, for instance, the true combat effectiveness of the musket, or the vulnerabilities of the World War II battle tank.

The Last Full Measure: How Soldiers Die in Battle #ad - Simultaneously, he examines larger themes and reveals surprising connections across both time and culture. What psychological and cultural pressures brought him to his fate? What lies—and truths—convinced him to march toward his death? Covering warfare from prehistory through the present day, The Last Full Measure tells these soldiers’ stories, ultimately capturing the experience of war as few books ever have.

Behind every soldier’s death lies a story, a tale not just of the cold mathematics of the battlefield but of an individual human being who gave his life. In this brilliantly researched, the differences among cultures, Michael Stephenson traces the paths that have led soldiers to their graves over the centuries, revealing a wealth of insight about the nature of combat, deeply humane work of history, and the unchanging qualities of humanity itself.