Crucible of Hell

Crucible of Hell: Okinawa: the Last Great Battle of the Second World War

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, Military History, The Second World War
Paperback Published on: 01/04/2021
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Synopsis

‘Excellent’ Antony Beevor ‘Saul David is a brilliant historian … In shocking and jaw-dropping detail, he brings a battle that deserves far greater prominence and understanding vividly back to life’ James Holland From award-winning historian Saul David, an action-packed and powerful new narrative of the Battle of Okinawa – the last great clash of the Second World War, and one that had profound consequences for the modern world. For eighty-three blood-soaked days, the fighting on the island of Okinawa plumbed depths of savagery as bad as anything seen on the Eastern Front. When it was over, almost a quarter of a million people had lost their lives, making it by far the bloodiest US battle of the Pacific. In Okinawa, the death toll included thousands of civilians lost to mass suicide, convinced by Japanese propaganda that they would otherwise be raped and murdered by the enemy. On the US side, David argues that the horror of the battle ultimately determined President Truman’s choice to use atomic bombs in August 1945. It is a brutal, heart-rending story, and one David tells with masterly attention to detail: the cramped cockpit of a kamikaze plane, the claustrophobic gun turret of a warship under attack, and a half-submerged foxhole amidst the squalor and battle detritus. The narrative follows generals, presidents and emperors, as well as the humbler experiences of ordinary servicemen and families on both sides, and the Okinawan civilians who were caught so tragically between the warring parties. Using graphic eyewitness accounts and declassified documents from archives in three continents, Saul David illuminates a shocking chapter of history that is too often missing from Western-centric narratives of the Second World War.

  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • ISBN: 9780008342517
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 330g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 29 mm

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Crucible of Hell
Hell can exist on earth
A rare diversion to the Pacific Theatre of operations for myself. Was it worthwhile? Yes and no. Yes because it threw some light on one of the bloodiest b... READ MORE
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