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The Battle of Okinawa 1945 (ePub)

The Pacific War’s Last Invasion

Military WWII > Battles & Campaigns > Japan & the Pacific Front WWII > Photographic eBooks

By Jon Diamond
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
File Size: 73.6 MB (.epub)
Pages: 229
Illustrations: 250
ISBN: 9781526726018
Published: 4th March 2019


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The American campaign to capture Okinawa, codename Operation ICEBERG was fought from 1 April to 22 June 1945. 350 miles from Japan, Okinawa was intended to be the staging area for the Allied invasion of the Japanese mainland.

The Japanese Thirty Second Army defenders were on land and the Imperial Navy at sea fought tenaciously. They faced the US Tenth Army, comprising the US Army XXIV Corps and the US Marines’ III Amphibious Corps.

As the author of this superb Images of War book describes in words and pictures this was one of the most bitterly fought and costly campaigns of the Second World War. Ground troops faced an enemy whose vocabulary did not include ‘surrender’ and at sea the US Fifth Fleet, supported by elements of the Royal Navy, had to contend with kamikaze (‘divine wind’) attacks by suicide air attacks and over 700 explosive laden suicide boats.

The Okinawa campaign is synonymous with American courage and determination to defeat a formidably ruthless enemy. The campaign was the subject of ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ , the recent Hollywood blockbuster – this is the real story.

I've read through several books in the Images of War series, and I've enjoyed them all -- but this is, by far, one of the best.

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A complete work and an impressive archive of images.

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Miniaturas JM

This is a very good publication about an epic struggle by the US to take a relatively small island and, ultimately, to end the Second World War in the Pacific.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

The selection of images provides coverage of all of the aspects of the battle on land, at sea and from the air. There is good captioning and concise text in introduction to each section of images. A very useful book for enthusiasts and novices alike.

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There is so much in here to interest historians interested in the PTO, with this final invasion of the campaign, while the photos also show some very useful references for modellers regarding aircraft, ships, uniforms and equipment such as artillery, tanks and Landing Craft. Another good addition to the Images of War series from Jon Diamond.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

While the book clearly focuses on the battle for Okinawa it does a great job in showing the strategy and battles leading up to that final attack!

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WW2 Traces, Francois Dumas

Another beautiful photo book from Pen & Sword!

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About Jon Diamond

Jon Diamond MD is a kidney specialist in the USA with a deep interest in the Second World War. He is a keen collector of photographs. His Stilwell and the Chindits, War in the South Pacific, Invasion of Sicily, Invasion of the Italian Mainland: Salerno to Gustav Line, 1943-1944, Onto Rome 1944; Anzio and Victory at Cassino, Beyond Rome to the Alps; Across the Arno and Gothic Line, 1944-1945, Op Plunder - The Rhine River Crossing, MacArthur’s Papua New Guinea Campaign, Hell in the Central Pacific, Liberation of the Philippines, Burma Victory, The Fall of Malaya and Singapore and The Battle of Okinawa 1945 are all published by Pen and Sword in the Images of War series.

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