By Bill Sloan
This Band of Brothers for the Pacific is the gut-wrenching and finally effective tale of the Marines' such a lot ferocious -- but mostly forgotten -- conflict of worldwide conflict II.
Between September 15 and October 15, 1944, the 1st Marine department suffered greater than 6,500 casualties battling on a hellish little coral island within the Pacific. Peleliu used to be the environment for essentially the most savage struggles of recent instances, a real killing floor that has been all yet forgotten -- in the past. Drawing on interviews with Peleliu veterans, invoice Sloan's gripping narrative seamlessly weaves jointly the reviews of the lads who have been there, generating a shiny and unflinching tableau of the twenty-four-hour-a-day nightmare of Peleliu.
Emotionally relocating and gripping in its depictions of wrestle, Brotherhood of Heroes rescues the Corps's bloodiest conflict from obscurity and does honor to the Marines who fought it.
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These comprised some 31 men, the number that could be carried in the landing craft, who were equipped with a variety of suitable weapons for neutralising defensive positions, including bazookas, Bangalore torpedoes, flame-throwers and automatic weapons. Each amphibious assault force was given the first letter of the code-name of the beach it was to attack. Force 0, destined for Omaha Beach and including the 1st Infantry Division, began the embarkation process at the end of May, chiefly at the small ports of Poole, Portland and Weymouth.
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By the second week of August the Allied plan to entrap the German Seventh Army was moving ahead. To the north the Anglo-Canadian forces were pushing southward toward Falaise in the face of stubborn resistance, while General George Patton's recently activated USThird Army to the south, was making a wide swinging manoeuvre northward in the direction of Argentan following the exploitation of the 'Cobra' offensive. The US VII Corps, which included the 1st Division, was moving on a roughly parallel course to Patton's forces but a little to the north.