The Resource Their backs against the sea : the Battle of Saipan and the largest banzai attack of World War II, Bill Sloan

Their backs against the sea : the Battle of Saipan and the largest banzai attack of World War II, Bill Sloan

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Their backs against the sea : the Battle of Saipan and the largest banzai attack of World War II
Title
Their backs against the sea
Title remainder
the Battle of Saipan and the largest banzai attack of World War II
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Bill Sloan
Title variation
Battle of Saipan and the largest banzai attack of World War II
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eng
Summary
In the midst of the largest banzai attack of the war, US Army Lt. Col. William O'Brien, grievously wounded and out of ammunition, grabbed a sabre from a fallen Japanese soldier and flailed away at a small army of assailants, screaming to his men, "Don't give them a damn inch!" When his body was recovered the next day, thirty dead enemies were piled around him. The Battle of Saipan lasted twenty-five hellish days in the summer of 1944, and the stakes couldn't have been higher. If Japan lost possession of the island, all hope for victory would be lost. For the Americans, its capture would result in secure air bases for the new B-29s that would put them within striking distance of the Japanese homeland. The outcome of the war in the Pacific lay in the balance. In this gritty, vivid narrative, award-winning author Bill Sloan fuses fresh interviews, oral and unit histories, and unpublished accounts to describe one of the war's bloodiest and most overlooked battles of the Pacific theater. Combining grunt's-view grit with big picture panorama (and one of the ugliest inter-service controversies of the war), Their Backs against the Sea is the definitive dramatic story of this epic battle--and an inspiring chronicle of some of the greatest acts of valor in American military history
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BTCTA
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1935-
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Sloan, Bill
Dewey number
940.54/2667
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D767.99.S3
LC item number
S56 2017
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Saipan, Battle of (Northern Mariana Islands : 1944)
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • Saipan, Battle of, Northern Mariana Islands, 1944
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Northern Mariana Islands
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Their backs against the sea : the Battle of Saipan and the largest banzai attack of World War II, Bill Sloan
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Copyright
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-267) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Islands of mystery -- The infernal beach -- The eternal beach -- Enter the 27th Division -- The Marianas turkey shoot -- Smith vs. Smith -- "Something's coming!" -- To die with honor -- The aftermath -- Tinian's rolling plains -- Coming home -- Tinian and the B-29 -- Dismay in Japan
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Da Capo Press edition.
Extent
278 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780306824715
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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  • (OCoLC)960294725
  • 823322
  • (OCoLC)ocn960294725
  • 823322
Label
Their backs against the sea : the Battle of Saipan and the largest banzai attack of World War II, Bill Sloan
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-267) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Islands of mystery -- The infernal beach -- The eternal beach -- Enter the 27th Division -- The Marianas turkey shoot -- Smith vs. Smith -- "Something's coming!" -- To die with honor -- The aftermath -- Tinian's rolling plains -- Coming home -- Tinian and the B-29 -- Dismay in Japan
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Da Capo Press edition.
Extent
278 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780306824715
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)960294725
  • 823322
  • (OCoLC)ocn960294725
  • 823322

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