By Robert Leckie
From Robert Leckie, the area warfare II veteran and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling writer of <i>Helmet for My Pillow, </i>whose stories have been featured within the HBO miniseries <i>The Pacific</i>, comes this bright narrative of the magnificent six-month crusade for Guadalcanal.
From the japanese soldiers’ conscientiously calculated—and finally foiled—attempt to construct a sequence of impregnable island forts at the flooring to the tireless efforts of the american citizens who struggled opposed to a tenacious adversary and the temperature and terrain of the island itself, Robert Leckie captures the loneliness, the pain, and the warmth of twenty-four-hour-a-day struggling with on Guadalcanal. opponents from either side are dropped at existence: normal Archer Vandegrift, who first assembled an amphibious strike strength; Isoroku Yamamoto, the naval common whose cutting edge approach used to be established; the island-born Allied scout Jacob Vouza, who survived hideous torture to discover the enemy’s plans; and Saburo Sakai, the ace flier who shot down American planes with remarkable ease.
Propelling the Allies to eventual victory, Guadalcanal was once really the turning element of the conflict. Challenge for the Pacific is an unprecedented, authoritative account of this nice struggle that forever changed our international.
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43 Luigi Fiori was a young lieutenant in an infantry battalion stationed at a military airport to the south of Rome, and remembers on the evening of 8 September: a German colonel arrived in a sidecar and spoke to our commanding officer, and told him if the regiment didn’t surrender by tomorrow morning his men would attack. 44 32 THE ITALIAN RE S IS TA N C E At dawn on the morning of 10 September there was serious fighting at Porta San Paolo between the Italian army – with light tanks, and joined by volunteers from the PCI and the Action Party – against the Germans.
But the attitude of the Allies was motivated by self-interest, and contained internal tensions. Neither America nor Britain had any specific plans for postwar Italy when Churchill and Roosevelt met at Casablanca in January 1943 and decided to invade the country. Strategically, the US was concentrated on the defeat of Germany and Japan, whereas Britain had a specific interest in gaining control of the Mediterranean so as to better protect its colonies. 4 The political attraction of invading Italy lay in the weakness of Mussolini’s government, and the possibility of creating a political crisis which would take Italy’s armed forces out of the war – a calculation that was broadly proved correct.
In the old city, in via dei Tribunali, a ‘Partisans’ revolutionary action’ committee had been created, which resisted German incursion into the narrow streets, repelling them with salvos of hand grenades. One of the key problems the Germans had was that most of their forces were motorised, moving in tanks and armoured cars. In the narrow streets this meant they were sitting targets for people armed with hand grenades. The Germans had managed to get three Tiger tanks into the city, but they were stopped by more barricades.