Last Man Standing: The 1st Marine Regiment on Peleliu, September 15-21, 1944

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  • Copyright: 2011-12-11
  • Publisher: Motorbooks Intl
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In its time, Operation Stalemate, the code name for Peleliu, was not well known. It had been overshadowed by the summer 1944 Allied breakout from Normandy and the subsequent race across France and liberation of Paris. Since then, the Peleliu campaign has become much better known-Peleliu is featured in both Ken Burns#x19; monumental documentary The Warand the HBO miniseries The Pacific-generating considerable controversy, with most historians regarding it as unnecessary. The battle resulted in a tremendous number of Marine casualties that foreshadowed a deadly shift in Japanese defensive strategy. Last Man Standingdraws heavily on the author#x19;s in-depth personal interviews and close association with two of the 1st Regiment#x19;s battalion commanders-Ray Davis and Russ Honsowetz #x13; as well as the vast oral, written and photographic collections of the Marine Corps History Division and Gray Research Center. Its first-hand accounts from the men who survived represent a source of never-before published information that sets it apart from previous books of its kind. It is a story rich in detail-an exciting account of combat action.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Breakwater Of The Pacificp. 1
The Emperor's Commandersp. 17
Maniacal Rampartsp. 31
Operation Stalematep. 45
Marine Commandersp. 61
The Old Breedp. 81
Rest And Recuperationp. 89
Mounting Outp. 105
D-Dayp. 119
The Pointp. 143
Counterattackp. 173
Terror In The Nightp. 183
D + 1: Though They Die, They Will Defendp. 193
D + 2: Bloody Nose Ridgep. 213
D + 3: Into The Breachp. 235
D + 4: Resume The Attackp. 251
D + 5: Regiment Of Survivorsp. 271
D + 6: Enough Is Enoughp. 279
Postscriptp. 289
Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 301
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