82 Days on Okinawa

A Memoir of the Pacific's Greatest Battle
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Author(s): Art Shaw, Robert L. Wise
Original Publish Date: Mar 03, 2020
Product Number: EB00760446
Released: Mar 03, 2020
Business Term: 26 Circ
ISBN: #9780062907462
Publisher: William Morrow
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"A gritty, first-person account. ... One can hear Shaw's voice as if he were sitting beside you." —Wall Street Journal An unforgettable soldier's-eye view of the Pacific War's bloodiest battle, by the first American officer ashore Okinawa. On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945, 1.5 million men gathered aboard 1,500 Allied ships off the coast of the Japanese island of Okinawa. The men were there to launch the largest amphibA­ious assault on the Pacific Theater. War planners expected an 80 percent casualty rate. The first American officer ashore was then-Major Art Shaw (1920-2020), a unit commander in the U.S. Army's 361st Field Artillery Battalion of the 96th Infantry Division, nicknamed the Deadeyes. For the next three months, Shaw and his men served near the front lines of the Pacific's costliest battle, their artillery proving decisive against a phantom enemy who had entrenched itself in the rugged, craggy island. Over eighty-two days, the Allies fought the Japanese army in a campaign that would claim more than 150,000 human lives. When the final calculations were made, the Deadeyes were estimated to have killed 37,763 of the enemy. The 361st Field Artillery Battalion had played a crucial role in the victory. The campaign would be the last major battle of World War II and a key pivot point leading to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to the Japanese surrender in August, two months after the siege's end. Filled with extraordinary details, Shaw's gripping account gives lasting testimony to the courage and bravery displayed by so many on the hills of Okinawa.

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CD
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Author(s): Art Shaw, Robert L. Wise
Narrator(s): Jim Seybert
Product Number DD48569
Released: Mar 03, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781094115368
eAudio
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Author(s): Art Shaw, Robert L. Wise
Narrator(s): Jim Seybert
Product Number Z100152824
Released: Mar 03, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: #9780062989017

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