Battleground Pacific: A Marine Rifleman's Combat Odyssey in by Sterling Mace, Nick Allen

By Sterling Mace, Nick Allen

A POWERFULLY WROUGHT MEMOIR by way of A MEMBER OF WWII’S FABLED 1ST MARINE department

Sterling Mace's unit was once the mythical “K-3-5” (for corporation okay, third Battalion, fifth Regiment of the first Marine department) and his tale takes readers via essentially the most severe motion of the Pacific battle, from the seldom-seen point of view of a rifleman on the element of attack.

Battleground Pacific is stuffed with indelible moments that start together with his adolescence growing to be up in Queens, long island, and his run-in with the legislations that finally ended in his enlistment. yet this is often finally a strive against tale—as violent and harrowing as any that has come earlier than. From battling during the fiery hell that used to be Peleliu to the lethal battleground of Okinawa, Mace strains his direction from the phobia of wrestle to realizing that killing one other human comes simply as simply as staying alive. He learns that bravery usually equates to stupidity, resulting in the loss of life of shut pals, but additionally that lifestyles is going on, with loss of life on its heels.
Battleground Pacific is among the most crucial and pleasing memoirs in regards to the Pacific theater in WWII.

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Com 47 encirclement and meet up with 7th Armoured Brigade. It was hoped that the two forces would meet at El Duda at around 1600hrs. Sappers had worked through the night to clear minefields, move barbed wire and erect four bridges over the anti-tank ditch in front of the advance. At dawn the attack began with infantry supported by the slow, ponderous Matilda tanks of the 32nd Army Tank Brigade. Ahead of them were a number of strongpoints thought to be held by Italian troops of the 25a Divisione ‘Bologna’, but which were in fact held by the German 90.

The desert war had finally become a war of tank attrition with the Germans gradually gaining the upper hand, although Crüwell’s tanks did not escape unscathed from the mêlée for their numbers were also whittled away in the close-quarter encounters. Then came the news that 15. Panzer-Division was on the move, circling round from the south-west towards the battle. Major-General Gott knew that this development could sound the death knell for his division. He decided to disengage his three brigades and ordered them to fall back to the positions held by the 5th South African Brigade near the southern escarpment just as night was falling.

Panzer-Division to destroy the enemy threat in the south. Oberstleutnant Stephan was ordered to take his Panzer-Regiment 5, reinforced with 12 105mm howitzers and four 88mm anti-tank guns, to confront the enemy near Gabr Saleh. The advancing Germans met the Stuart tanks of Brigadier Gatehouse’s 4th Armoured Brigade, less elements of the 3rd and 5th RTRs which were supporting some armoured cars to the north-west, in the late afternoon. Kampfgruppe Stephan with its mix of Panzer IIIs and Panzer IVs and a few Panzer IIs, 85 tanks in total, was more or less matched in numbers by 4th Armoured Brigade’s remaining tanks.

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