82 Days on Okinawa: One American’s Unforgettable Firsthand Account of the Pacific War’s Greatest Battle

Morrow. Mar. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9780062907448. $28.99. HIST
April 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa (April 1, 1945–June 22, 1945). For the United States, taking control of the Japanese island was critical to reaching the mainland, but the hilly and woody terrain and experienced Japanese military resistance presented challenges. As a 25-five-year-old field artillery commander (361st Artillery, 96th Division), Shaw was one of the first U.S. officers to land on the beaches. When the battle ended, he and his men had experienced 82 days of fighting. The first day many units lost half of their men. After nearly three months of combat, more than 10,000 Americans and many more Japanese lost their lives. Two years ago, at 97, Shaw told his story to veteran World War II writer Wise; included are accounts of repeated acts of heroism and astonishing attacks. Shaw tells how victory was uncertain until the very end.
VERDICT World War II aficionados will love this book.

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