Synopses & Reviews
A vivid story of thousands of Americans, Melanesians, Australians, New Zealanders and the Japanese men who were thrown together in a dirty, bloody, and deadly fight for possession of a poor, insignificant island in a faraway corner of the South Pacific Ocean. These were average, ordinary men who for the most part were barely trained in the military arts. Only a very few of those who traveled to that secluded island had any idea what fighting in the fetid, putrid and stinking jungle would be like.
Stories of ordinary privates and seamen are told, as well as those of admirals and generals. The real battle was of men against the jungle. The ideological conflict between Japanese and American troops was the sideshow. A remarkable tale of men who participated, those who survived and those who died, and their remarkable demonstration of courage and fortitude in doing their simple duty to overcome an implacable enemy and an unspeakable treacherous terrain.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 262-265) and index.