This is a very good hardcover with dust jacket. 1995 John Wiley Publishing. This copy is crisp and clean inside and out. Pages are crisp, clean and free of markings. No foxing etc and binding tight and straight. Octavo in very good condition with only a hint of light natural tanning to pages from age. Dust jacket is very good, clean and still shiny with only light shelf wear. Please note; this is not a First Edition copy.
The small island of Okinawa was the scene of the final, bloody chapter between the Japanese and American armies in the long and brutal was in the Pacific. This is a unique and critical account of the engagement. The author, Hiromichi Yahara was Sr Staff Officer of the 32nd Army and highest ranking Japanese officer to leave Okinawa alive. This is his personal record of the fateful conflict and an eye-opening look inside the high Japanese command. He predicted and American victory at Okinawa but at high cost. The land was woody and hilly and the Japanese were entrenched in caves and dugouts. They were almost impossible to dislodge and held on for 3 months. The battle claimed the lives of over 12,000 Americans and over ten times that many Japanese.
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