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Strong Men Armed The United States Marines Against JapanStrong Men Armed relates the US Marines' unprecedented relentless drive across the Pacific during World War II from Guadalcanal to Okinawa detailing their struggle to dislodge from heavily fortified islands an entrenched enemy who had vowed to fight to extinction and did All but three of the Marines' victories reuired the complete annihilation of the Japanese defending force As scout and machine gunner for the First Marine Division the author fought in all its engagements till his wounding at Peleliu Here he uses firsthand experience and impeccable research to re create the nightmarish battles The result is both an exciting chronicle and a moving tribute to the thousands of men who died in reeking jungles and on palm studded beaches thousands of miles from home and fifty years before their time of whom Admiral Chester W Nimitz once said Uncommon valor was a common virtueStrong Men Armed includes over a dozen maps a chronology of the war in the Pacific the Marine Medal of Honor Winners in World War II and Marine Corps aces in World War II To expand on the other positive reviewers who I wholly agree withBeyond all I am simply grateful that Robert Leckie not only wrote but chose to take it upon himself to write about our history in the way that he did After deciding that media was failing history Leckie started with his own account of the battles of the Pacific then from there put than forty scholarly works together to tell many American stories that in my opinion should be told exactly his way raw poignant simple and yet all encompassing He goes day by day moment by moment telling a moving story that most writers can barely do with a bias narrative of one life yet he does it for an entire war He tells objectively about courage and doesn't stray away from the harsh realities we see Marines cheering at the agonizing enemy and getting blown away by their own artillery But he writes so broadly that we are not swayed to form brash opinions It is just history real history made of real stories told by a man who knows what history is made ofIf I were a history teacher I would assign only his books That's a serious endorsement but in today's world and in today's schools we need real literature like this Frankly it doesn't surprise me in the least that Leckie's works are generally unheard of when Howard Zinn's A People's History and Caputo's A Rumor of War are reuired reading in college today

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MOBI ↠ DOC Strong Men Armed á JOIN OR CREATE BOOK CLUBS á [Read] ➬ Strong Men Armed: The United States Marines Against Japan ➵ Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk Strong Men Armed relates the US Marines' unprecedented relentless drive across the Pacific during World War IIStrong Men Armed relates the US Marines' unprecedented relentless drive across the Pacific during World War II from Guadalcanal to Okinawa detailing their struggle to dislodge from heavily fortified islands an entrenched enemy who had vowed to fight to extinction and did All but three of the Marines' victories reuired the complete annihilation of the Japanese defending force As scout and machine gunner for the First Marine Division the author fought in all its engagements till his wounding at Peleliu Here he uses firsthand experience and impeccable research to re create the nightmarish battles The result is both an exciting chronicle and a moving tribute to the thousands of men who died in reeking jungles and on palm studded beaches thousands of miles from home and fifty years before their time of whom Admiral Chester W Nimitz once said Uncommon valor was a common virtueStrong Men Armed includes over a dozen maps a chronology of the war in the Pacific the Marine Medal of Honor Winners in World War II and Marine Corps aces in World War II A well written overview of the role the Marines played in the PacificEvery island campaign the Marines undertook on the way to Japan is covered hereWhile not as detailed an account as With the Old Breed or Helmet for my Pillow it has plenty of personal momentsHighly recommendedThere is only one minor issue I have with the book It is the same issue I have with the majority of books that describe tactics and battlesToo few mapsWhile there is a map for each campaign there is usually only oneIt tends to show the island on D Day and the landing areas there are no maps showing movement beyond thatThat being said it does not take away from the content of the book in any wayYou just have to bookmark and flip back and forth a bit When you read about what they went through and endured flipping back and forth to maps becomes a mighty small issue

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Strong Men Armed relates the US Marines' unprecedented relentless drive across the Pacific during World War II from Guadalcanal to Okinawa detailing their struggle to dislodge from heavily fortified islands an entrenched enemy who had vowed to fight to extinction and did All but three of the Marines' victories reuired the complete annihilation of the Japanese defending force As scout and machine gunner for the First Marine Division the author fought in all its engagements till his wounding at Peleliu Here he uses firsthand experience and impeccable research to re create the nightmarish battles The result is both an exciting chronicle and a moving tribute to the thousands of men who died in reeking jungles and on palm studded beaches thousands of miles from home and fifty years before their time of whom Admiral Chester W Nimitz once said Uncommon valor was a common virtueStrong Men Armed includes over a dozen maps a chronology of the war in the Pacific the Marine Medal of Honor Winners in World War II and Marine Corps aces in World War II I read this book the first time in 1964 when I was in elementary school It inspired me and set the seed of wanting to be a Marine Having been raised in a Navy household there were a number of Marines in my nieborhood and a majority were WWII veterans and a few had been infantry and had fought on Iwojima and Okinawa I was young and naive and asked pointed uestions in reference to this book and surprisingly I got honest and very blunt answersAfter joining the Marine Corps I was stationed on Okinawa twice I walked those battle fields with a map of the battle I still hold those Marine and Army infantrymen in AWE and to this day admire the unbelievable courage it took to go forward in the face of the enemyThis book is concise straightforwardno puches pulled account of how truley difficult the Pacific combat was for the Marine infantrymen and how courageous these men were