PDF (Operation IcebergThe Invasion and Conuest of Okinawa in World War II) BY Gerald Astor

Nd anecdotes supplied by the men that were there American but some Japanese These stories are fascinating give a clear some Japanese These stories are fascinating and give a clear of the kind of conditions that they xperienced There are also many tales of heroic actions by individuals and units of various sizesMy one criticism of this book is that it is rather long Although this isn t a bad thing in itself I felt that the same points were being made over and over again Maybe this just demonstrates the truth behind them but I thought that a book around two thirds of the length would have been sufficient to demonstrate just how terrible the fighting was If you want an idea of what the men on both sides Heart and Soul / Almost Heaven endured then I recommend this book Astor begins by disclaiming accuracy as he should for self report taken often decades after thevent but the accuracy is also uestionable due to Astor s discounting of the perception of Japanese military and Okinawan Civil Sources What Strikes Me In The Personal Accounts civil sources What strikes me in the personal accounts the youth of the American participants many relate to their preparation as Boy Scouts It reminds me of Vonnegut s proposition that all wars are actually children s crusades Robert Heinlein proposed that only veterans be allowed to vote Of course this presupposes that ach generation will find an appropriately menacing nemy to subdue and that violence is an acceptable response to the sense that one is being menaced There may be multiple problems with Hei. Aged 5000 sailors killed and 5000 wounded Before the Japanese with a garrison of 100000 finally surrendered 7700 American soldiers were killed and 31800 were woundedIn Operation Iceberg Gerald Astor draws on the raw xperience of marines sailors soldiers and airmen under fire from generals and admirals to correspondents line officers. ,
Nlein s thesis but one is the Vonnegut proposition Vonnegut was barely 22 when captured at the Battle of the Bulge and his position is that survivors particularly young survivors tend to glorify their war xperiences The problem is not the age at which they survive but the age at which they are indoctrinated Heinlein graduated from the Naval Academy at the age of 21 Astor saw service during the War as a teenagerI suppose it s no #SECRET THAT THE MILITARY LIKES ITS RECRUITS AS YOUNG # that the military likes its recruits as young the law will allow teenagerI suppose it s no secret that the military likes its recruits as young as the law will allow for a reason shared with the Jesuits the young are retentive impressionable and not asily choked by caution However while this may improve the ffectiveness of one s command it also makes veterans less critically reflective about their war xperiences For the most part HeinleinVonnegut Astor s generation came back from their war believing that military threat advantage was a valid diplomatic tool This has turned America into a global bully if only in the yes of those beyond our own borders And it s placed us at the mercy of our own militaryWe are a nation that has spent most of its time at war with other nations particularly since moving our imperialist ambitions beyond the confines of our own continent Is it just coincidental that we have spent so much of our national A Love To Remember existence at war Civil liberty reuires the rule of law Inter armanim silent leges The military does not insure our freedom it threatens our freedo. And Her Stolen Past (Family Reunions enlisted men on both sides of the battle lines Their accounts are dramatic and graphic brutal and awe inspiring Based on these first hand accounts and presenting a view of the battle that places it in the greater context of thentire Pacific theater Operation Iceberg is a remarkable account of the last great battle of World War Operation IcebergThe Invasion and Conuest of Okinawa in World War II