Item description for Okinawa Odyssey by Bob Green...
This remembering of the Tenth Army of the Pacific Theatre campaign is recounted by Bob Green, then a 20-year-old Second Lieutenant of the 763rd Tank Battalion attached to the 96th Infantry Division. The invasion, launched on April Fool's Day/Easter Sunday, 1945, began the last major battle of World War II, fought as war in Europe ended and President Roosevelt died. Three months later, the Okinawa arena was declared secure. Bob Green's personal accounting of the war and letters home are fascinating as well as touching. His amazing recollection of events makes one feel as if it happened yesterday. The book is richly illustrated with archival photos from the US Army and from the author's personal collection.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.5" Weight: 1.12 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2004
Publisher Bright Sky Press
ISBN 1931721394 ISBN13 9781931721394
Availability 0 units.
More About Bob Green
Bob Green was born at home in Galt, Ontario, in 1930 and now resides in Cambridge. He received his journalism degree from Ryerson but pursued improbable careers in jazz drumming, landscape painting, and film. He was the principal actor in Barry Greenwald's Golden Palm Award-winner "Metamorphosis" at Cannes in 1976. He considers "Eavesdroppings" his legacy.
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Outstanding Book on the Battle of Okinawa Mar 24, 2007
Superb book; "Leading a platoon is like a plate of spaghetti. You can't push the noodles forward with a fork; you have to pull them from the front." This explanation of tactical combat leadership was made by Brigadier General Easly, ACG US 96th Infantry Division in WWII on Okinawa. Easly practiced what he preached; he was wounded twice by sniper fire on Okinawa, the second time mortally. The author served as a tank platoon leader on Okinawa in WWII. His book is an autobiography of his experiences. Imagine leading a tank platoon into combat for the first time. General Easly has just told you in simple terms how to lead your men. You do. As your tank penetrates into a Japanese defensive position, all heck breaks loose. Japanese weapons are firing at your platoon; suicide units armed with satchel charges are rushing your tanks, while you try to direct the action of your platoon and crew. Suddenly, you hear a bang and notice an antitank shell has penetrated your tank. You know this because you can see daylight through the hole it made in the armor. Bang; another hit. Your loader is screaming; that antitank round has just ripped off his leg. While you try to tie a tourniquet on your loader's stump, and load a round into the main gun with bloody hands, and give fire commands to your gunner, another round hits your tank. Finally, your gunner knocks out the antitank gun. You and your men bail out under enemy fire and exit the action on another tank. This is your first taste of combat; there will be many more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BOOK ON THE US ARMY and ARMORed COMBAT in the Pacific. Superb; you won't be able to put it down. As a former Marine infantryman, I salute your service to our country in one of the bloodiest battles in WWII. Semper Fi!