The Ultimate Battle
Okinawa 1945--The Last Epic Struggle of World War II
The Ultimate Battle is the full story of the last great clash of World War II as it has never before been told.
With the same “grunt's-eye-view” narrative style that distinguished his Brotherhood of Heroes, Bill Sloan presents a gripping and uniquely personal saga of heroism and sacrifice in which at least 115,000 soldiers, sailors, and airmen from both sides were killed, as were nearly 150,000 civilians caught in the crossfire or encouraged to commit suicide by Japanese troops.
It is a story set against a panorama of more than 1,500 American ships, nearly two thousand Japanese kamikazes sworn to sink those ships, and two huge armies locked in a no-quarter struggle to the death—the 541,000 GIs and Marines of the U.S. Tenth Army, and Japan's 110,000-man 32nd Army. Woven into the broader narrative are the personal stories of men who endured this epic battle and were interviewed by the author. In many cases, their experiences are told here in print for the first time.
Much of the action in The Ultimate Battle unfolds among men pinned down under relentless fire on disputed hillsides, in the ruins of shell-blasted villages, and inside stricken tanks and armored cars. Sloan also takes readers aboard flaming ships and into the cockpits of night-fighter aircraft to capture the horror and heroism of men and vessels besieged by kamikazes.
The Ultimate Battle is a searing and unforgettable recreation of the Okinawa campaign as it was experienced by men who were there. It is filled with fresh insights that only those men can provide.
The Ultimate Battle
This book should be required reading for all college and highschool students . One of the greatest land battles of all time . this battle was deciding factor to drop the atomic weapons onJapan . Japan mainland was next , with all the wounded and KIA's from this battle President Truman was convinced that the atmoic bombs woud bring Japan's armys to the its knees . in around about way it saved many more lives by convincing The U.S.A to drop bombs on japan island . also on a perrsonal note my father is George Murphy , that battle probally gave me a chance at life . mydad remained close friends with Porter McLaughin till his passing . i would like to thank everyone involed I believe i am here becuse of THE ULTIMATE BATTLE . GREAT BOOK !!!!!