However, rather than simply giving an overview of these turbulent months Milner focuses particularly on the actions of the 32nd Infantry Division who were at the frontline of the offensive to give the reader a direct view of what life was like during the campaign. To develop a picture of this dramatic campaign Milner drew from not only the official records but also spoke to men who were there and saw it, including Robert L.
Victory in Papua #ad - . Army history, provides a thorough narrative of the Papua New Guinea campaign and is an excellent starting point. Major Matthew H. His book victory in Papua was first published in 1957. Roberts, foreign affairs“in telling the story of a comparatively limited number of troops, the author has been able to present the combat experience of small units in sharper focus than has been possible in most of the other full-scale campaign volumes.
Maj. 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.
The Lorraine CampaignUndergrowth Books #ad - Army official history of World War II. During the second world war he was assigned as a historical officer on the staff of General Patton's Third Army, with whom he participated in four campaigns in northern Europe. On the 1st september 1944, general patton and his Third Army stood poised to strike at what they thought would the last major barrier on the road to Berlin.
They had raced four hundred miles across northern France, from the beaches of Normandy to the banks of the Moselle River, in less than one month. Facing them were the German forces that held the territory between the Moselle and the Sarre Rivers. Having had such success in the invasion of France the men of the Third Army were confident that they could smash their way into Nazi Germany.
The Lorraine Campaign #ad - Yet, almost immediately, their progress was halted. A drastic shortage of fuel slowed the advance to a crawl, giving time for German reinforcements to arrive from across Germany and Italy. The lorraine campaign was first published in 1950 New panzer divisions also arrived to support the Nazi forces and drive back the Allied forces.
Over the next three and a half months Patton and his men fought against these battle-hardened troops and brutally powerful tanks in operations that have become subsequently known as the Lorraine Campaign. Hugh M.
Destroyer Squadron 23: Combat Exploits of Arleigh Burke's Gallant ForceSeal Publications #ad - While the period covered by this book is relatively short, it was a crucial period in the Pacific War, only a beginning, in a sense, but the vital beginning, and the vital part played by Destroyer Squadron 23 under the inspiring leadership of Arleigh Burke was, of a steady drive forward which gained momentum and power until United States naval forces steamed victoriously into Tokyo Bay.
Fleet admiral william halseyken Jones wrote a number of works on World War Two, including the biography Admiral Arleigh. There are no officers in the United States Navy who could have done better. Captain arleigh burkeken jones’ account of this brilliant squadron takes the reader to the heart of the action as he uncovers Arleigh’s tactics and the strategies that were deployed to defeat Japanese ships.
His book destroyer Squadron 23 was first published in 1959. It is impossible for me to express the proud, paternal feeling I felt for you all during the heat of battle. When a ship became lost, as some did, she simply headed for the enemy and continued to fight by herself. The brilliant and heroic record achieved by Destroyer Squadron Twenty-Three is a distinctive tribute to the valiant fighting spirit of the individual units in this indomitable combat group and of each skilled and courageous ship’s company.
Presidential unit citationcaptain Arleigh Burke assumed control over Destroyer Squadron 23 on 23 October 1943. Just over a month later they engaged five enemy destroyers and sunk three of them and received no damage themselves in what has been described by tacticians as “near perfect surface actions”.
Destroyer Squadron 23: Combat Exploits of Arleigh Burke's Gallant Force #ad - Over the course of the next four months destroyer squadron 23, which was nicknamed “The Little Beavers, several smaller ships, destroying one Japanese cruiser, would continue in the same vein and engage with enemy ships a further twenty-two times, nine destroyers, one submarine, and approximately 30 aircraft.
Ours to Hold It High: The History of the 77th Infantry Division in World War IIEscarpment Press #ad - The actions of each unit of the division are uncovered to give a thorough overview of the tumultuous and chaotic action that the men saw. This is account is not written by a historian sitting at a desk in the United States, instead it was written by the soldiers who were there on the frontlines. Max myers, the unit historian, has compiled their accounts to form this fascinating book.
The actions of the 77th have become famous throughout the globe, particularly with the assistance of films such as Hacksaw Ridge that have immortalized the division. Almost every member of the 77th contributed in one way or another to this history. Part one of the book covers these initial two years and the various forms of rigorous training that the men went through to prepare them for the amphibious warfare that they would meet in the islands of the Pacific Ocean.
Ours to Hold It High: The History of the 77th Infantry Division in World War II #ad - Parts two, four, three, and five of the book provides brilliant insight into the combat history of the unit from Guam to Okinawa. Guam, leyte, ie shima, Kerama Retto, Okinawa. The soldiers of the 77th Infantry Division saw some of the bloodiest action of the Second World War. Ours to hold it high is brilliant history of the division’s actions through the course of World War Two as it island-hopped its way towards victory in the face of ferocious Japanese resistance.
The story begins in america in 1942 when the division was re-activated and the units were formed and given training before they sailed west to fight. Ours to hold it high was initially published in 1947 and Max Myers, the main editor, passed away in 2011.
B-29 Superfortress Annotated: The Plane that Won the WarThe War Vault #ad - B-29 Superfortress Annotated: The Plane that Won the War #ad - Author gene gurney takes the reader from the superplane’s inception, test flights and production to its combat deployments and its ultimate purpose of dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. B-29 superfortress: the plane that won the War is the definitive account of the crucial role played by the B-29 bomber during World War II.
The Navy's Air War Annotated: A Mission CompletedThe War Vault #ad - The navy's air war is the definitive account of the critical role the US Navy's aircraft played in World War 2. Interwoven within these aerial combat narratives is background information on technological innovations, training programs, production methods, and the important players involved. This new edition of the navy's Air War: A Mission Completed includes annotations and photographs from World War 2.
Annotations. Images. Author and historian albert buchanan recreates the engagements of the Pacific and Atlantic combat theaters with near clinical detail, from the Pearl Harbor Attack to the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri.
Mission Beyond DarknessGordian Books #ad - Bryan iii, usnr, served as a lieutenant commander assigned to naval air combat intelligence in the Pacific during World War Two. Mission beyond Darkness was first published in 1945. They carried out a ‘mission beyond darkness. Robert M. When the pilots flew from the carriers of the Task Force 58 they knew they had little hope of returning to their ships.
Given that there was only seventy-five minutes of daylight left, and they were flying into the middle of the world’s biggest ocean to attack the damaged but still dangerous Japanese fleet, they had little fuel, it is little wonder that many of them were pessimistic about their chances. Yet this is exactly what sixty-four men did in the twilight hours of June 19th, 1944.
Not one of the pilots or their crew hesitated as they got into their planes. Bryan iii records in fascinating detail one of the most remarkable missions that place during the war in the Pacific. Rather relying on second-hand accounts byran explains this his work is completely authentic as it “is derived wholly from narratives by the survivors, from statements by officers and men of the Lexington’s company”.
Mission Beyond Darkness #ad - A story of tight going and tricky work that provided aerial miracles in a landing stampede of planes and pilots; the responsibilities of those aboard the carriers; the rescue work of destroyers and escort ships; foul ups and rogue ships; obstacles of dwindling fuel, misunderstood signals … Top among aviation books.
Kirkus reviews“the thrilling story of the closing phase of the First Battle of the Philippines, in which Air Group 16 from the Lexington successfully attacked a number of fleeing Japanese battleships and carriers. Foreign AffairsLieutenant Commander J.
The Story of Wake IslandLantern Press #ad - After the ferocious fifteen-day battle of Wake Island Devereux was interned for nearly four years in Japanese prison camps. The first japanese landing attempt on the morning of 11th December was repelled by a ferocious defense put forward by Devereux and his men. Yet although the japanese had withdrawn without landing, they continued to bombard the island by air and sea, and there was little hope of resupply for the Americans.
For fifteen days the american troops suffered endless bombardments until the second major Japanese offensive was launched on 23rd December. Against overwhelming forces the marines and other troops that were stationed on the island fought valiantly, but after forty-nine men had lost their lives in the fight, the remaining American men and civilians were captured by the Japanese.
The Story of Wake Island #ad - James P. Sbrega, the war against Japan, 1941-1945James P. It is a brilliant account of this tragic event that demonstrated the fighting spirit of the American soldier even in the face of unbeatable odds. His special vantage point enriches his commentary not only on the ill-fated military operation but also on the state and spirit of the prewar preparations to defend the island.
John J. His book the story of wake island was first published in 1947 and he passed away in 1988. Deveraux’s remarkable book the Story of Wake Island takes the reader to the heart of the action from the point of view of the commanding officer.
War in the South Pacific: Out in the Boondocks, U.S. Marines Tell Their StoriesImpavid Publishing #ad - We were halfway in when the Japanese machine guns got their range. Albert schmid who was awarded the Navy Cross for his single-handed destruction of a flanking attack while on Guadalcanal. The account of private nicolli who was literally blown into the air like a matchstick and then, with a piece of shrapnel in his chest, managed to help a wounded comrade to the rear.
There is the story of Sgt. They were afraid, and yet they took it. They had what it takes. Some of us ducked; some of us fell to the floor; and all of us prayed. Here, in heart-stopping human detail, are twenty-one personal accounts told by the men themselves. The war in the south pacific was first published in 1943 as Out in the Boondocks.
War in the South Pacific: Out in the Boondocks, U.S. Marines Tell Their Stories #ad - Bullets slapped the water and whined as they ricocheted off the barge. They are the stories of men who lived in hell and lived to tell of it. I was in one of the last landing barges to hit the beach of Gavutu Island. Frank went on to become a prominent ghostwriter and passed away in 1998. Horan, author of more than forty books, died in 1981.
Coral Comes High: U. S. Marines and the Fight for PeleliuFortification Press #ad - Here are dramatic accounts of wounded men miraculously still fighting, of two men seen in silhouette at night against the flashes of guns in a death struggle atop a cliff, of the flame-scarred bodies of Japanese in caves and pillboxes, of a nervous and badly scared youngster shooting one of his own comrades.
When, relief came and captain hunt and his handful of men staggered back to the beach, at last, they had withstood three terrible counterattacks and killed more than five hundred enemy soldiers. Coral comes high is an unpretentious, stark, blow-by-blow story of a terrible action, well told in the fewest possible words” Time Magazine“This is a story of fighting men told by a fighting man.
Coral Comes High: U. S. Marines and the Fight for Peleliu #ad - General alexander Vandegrift, United States Marine Corps. Captain hunt served in the 1st regiment of the 1st Marine Division in the South Pacific and was decorated with the Silver Star medal and the Navy Cross. The citation for this decoration relates how Captain Hunt's company of riflemen was reduced to thirty-four men; how these survivors defended an isolated position "against three counterattacks killing four hundred and twenty-two Japanese.
After the war he worked as a writer and editor for Fortune and Life magazines. Coral comes high was first published in 1946 and Hunt passed away in 1991. The brutal and heroic story of marines in action” The New York Times08:32, September 15, 1944. The 1st marines stormed the Pacific island of Peleliu.
The Battle for Leyte GulfXerxes Printing #ad - It the largest engagement ever fought on the high seas. From singapore, and japan the imperial japanese navy set forth: 9 battleships, 14 heavy cruisers, Formosa, 6 light cruisers, 4 carriers, 33 destroyers — all bound for victory or death in the waters of Leyte Gulf. They were met by the combined forces of the american and Australian navies with 12 battleships, 24 cruisers, 8 light carriers, 18 escort carriers, 8 fleet carriers, 166 destroyers and destroyer escorts, along with numerous other vessels.
For the japanese the battle represented the supreme naval effort of the war. The battle for leyte Gulf was the greatest naval battle of the Second World War. His book the battle for leyte Gulf was first published in 1947 and he passed away in 1999. Woodward’s presentation of the facts in the case. The new York TimesC.
The Battle for Leyte Gulf #ad - The general picture is so soundly documented that it is hard to see how anyone, ever, will be able to improve on Mr. He wrote numerous books on the American south and race relations. Vann woodward was professor of History at John Hopkins University and subsequently at Yale. During the war he served as as an Intelligence Officer in the Office of Chief of Naval Operations.
Vann woodward, the pulitzer-prize winning historian, provides a fascinating overview of the engagement that lasted for four days.